Tributes paid to former Hartlepool United goalkeeper
Former Hartlepool United goalkeeper Eddie Blackburn has died aged 61.
Tributes have been paid to the former fans' favourite, who made 175 appearances during a four-year stay between 1984-87.
A Pools statement read: "The club is extremely saddened to hear the news that former goalkeeper Eddie Blackburn died on Friday at the age of 61.
"Eddie joined the club on loan from York City in January 1983 before turning the move permanent and going on to make 175 appearances during a four-year stay at The Vic.
"The County Durham born star became a cult hero with Pools supporters as much for his enthusiasm for the game and the club as his consistent and dependable performances on the pitch."
Blackburn left Pools in 1987 to join Swedish side Halmstads BK but played only six months before a serious ankle injury ended his career .
He returned to live in York where he worked as a school caretaker.
A club statement added: "Everybody at Hartlepool United is saddened by Eddie’s passing and would like to convey sincere condolences to all of his family and friends."