Pittodrie fans remember Ellon football coach

Dons supporters paid tribute to fan Kevin Bartlet at Pittodrie.
Dons supporters paid tribute to fan Kevin Bartlet at Pittodrie.

Dons fans paid a touching tribute on Saturday to an Aberdeenshire football coach who died aged 32.

Banners and flags were displayed at Pittodrie in memory of Kevin Bartlet during the club’s league game against St Johnstone.

The IT analyst at Ellon Academy was found dead at Tyrie, near Fraserburgh, on Tuesday, September 15, the day after disappearing from home.

He was a staunch Aberdeen FC supporter and the large crowd took to their feet in tribute as the players emerged from the tunnel.

One of several banners around the ground read: “AFC born and bred. Always a red. RIP big Kev”.

Organisers described it as a fitting send-off for the devoted Dons fan.

The day before hundreds had gathered at Ellon Parish Church for a celebration of Mr Bartlet’s life.

Many wore red tops and ties following a request from the family.

Mr Bartlet was a former pupil of Ellon Academy and a popular coach of the school football team.

Many representatives from the academy were among those who attended Friday’s service.

He was a regular contributor to the Ellon Times on the local juvenile scene involving teams from Ellon Meadows FC.

Mr Bartlet was a coach at The Meadows and held the post of president of Aberdeenshire Schools Football Association.

Tributes to his contribution to sport in Ellon have been widely paid in the town and beyond.