Football players, officials and supporters over a wide area heard with profound sadness of the death of Costcutter League club Crannog stalwart Gareth ‘Gazza’ Evans.

The 44-year-old died on Wednesday after a long illness borne with great fortitude.

During his playing days he was a talented central midfielder for Llangrannog-based Crannog before taking up the whistle and becoming a highly-regarded match official.

Costcutter League chairman John Jones said: “We extend our deepest condolences to Gareth’s wife Emma and children Ella and Luke.

“The league and football in general will be much poorer without the likes of Gareth, a true gentleman, respected by everyone.”

As a mark of respect clubs observed a minute’s silence before games at the weekend.