FOOTBALL legend Ian Rush has paid tribute to his ‘incredible’ mum after her death at the age of 82.

Doris May Rush,of Oakenholt, Flint, mother of the former Liverpool and Wales striker, died in hospital on February 24 after suffering a stroke.

Rush, who has five brothers and four sisters, said his mother would be sadly missed by all who knew her.

He added: “She had been ill for a few days.

“We hoped she was going to get better but it turned out in the end to just be one of those things.

“She was a fantastic person and it was incredible how she managed to look after such a large family.

“It was a full-time job and you can only appreciate it when you have kids of your own.

“I have two and that’s hard enough work, but she managed to look after 10 of us.

“She was the one who held the whole family together after our dad died four or five years ago. She was very strong.

“My mum will be sadly missed, not just by her family, but by the whole community. She will never be forgotten.”