The football fraternity and especially in the Cardigan area is paying tribute to former player and radio broadcaster Andrew Tommo Thomas of Cardigan who died suddenly last week aged 53.

During his playing days Tommo was a talented goalkeeper, having spells with Cardigan Town, Maesglas and St Dogmaels and after hanging up his boots took up the whistle as a competent referee.

An announcer at Wales Football home internationals he was an avid Swansea City supporter and although always ready to join in banter with followers of other clubs, including Cardiff City, there was never any malice and it was always in the true spirit of sport.

At King George V Playing Field, the home of Cardigan Town FC, former playing colleagues, residents of Maesglas and surrounding estates left flowers,, shirts from his beloved Swansea City, pictures and other memorabilia.

Costcutter League chairman John Jones said “People over a wide area were shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a great character, a football enthusiast and former player.

“The condolences of the Costcutter Football League are extended to his family and friends,” he said.

The funeral is being held on Saturday (August 8) with an open air service at King George V Playing Field at 11 am followed by private burial at Cardigan Cemetery. Further details can be obtained from Funeral Director Peter Evans (tel. 01239 615266