Monday 11 November 2019

Republic of Ireland striker Daryl Murphy scores for Ipswich during minute's tribute to fan (21) who died

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy

Irish striker Daryl Murphy paid the ultimate tribute to the memory of an Ipswich Town fan, who died last week from heart problems when he knocked in a goal during the end of a minutes's applause

Fans at Portman Road applauded in unison in the 21st minute to remember Chris Reynolds, who passed away in Cambridgeshire last week.

Chris Reynolds, pictured after winning a golf tournament last year

 Chris's friend Nathan Sustins gathered support for the tribute via Twitter in the lead-up to the Championship game against Nottingham Forest, and the 25,000 crowd obliged:

 And, with just seconds of the tribute remaining, top-scorer Murphy drilled home the opening goal:


 Sustins was overwhelmed by the tribute and told the BBC:

" To have Town score right at the end of it was unbelievable. Chris would have been amazed. I posted a message to [Ipswich Town defender] Tyrone Mings to get him to say Chris had passed away and then it went nuts. To have Daryl Murphy score was written in the stars and I could feel Chris there with us and I knew we weren't going to lose the game.

Ipswich went on to win the game 2-1, leaving them a point away from securing a play-offs spot.

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