TRIBUTES have been paid to a life-long Wrexham AFC fan who died suddenly earlier this week.

Nigel Williams, who was from Wrexham, died aged 59 on the morning of Wednesday, October 26.

He had been at the Racecourse watching his beloved Wrexham beat Halifax Town 3-1 the evening before.

Mr Williams could regularly be seen celebrating the Reds' goals topless in the Tech End of the ground.

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He was a life-long Wrexham supporter who would follow the club to both home and away matches.

Hundreds of tributes have been pouring in on social media for Mr Williams following his death.

He leaves behind his children he had raised with his late wife Helen; Anthony and Catherine, grandchildren Baylie Summer and Harper Mae and current wife Paula, as well as step-daughter Paris.

His family members paid tribute by telling the Leader: "Dad was a life-long Wrexham fan and would be seen many a time with his shirt off celebrating goals in the Tech End. He was also the life and soul of every party!"

The Wrexham AFC fans Twitter page also paid tribute to Mr Williams, saying: "Such sad news. A cracking man from what I encountered of him. The sort that leaves a lasting impression on you.

"A true fan there through thick and thin. The Tech End won’t be the same. There last night celebrating in style with his top off as usual."

The Fearless in Devotion Podcast and Fanzine wrote: "Nigel Williams has suddenly passed away. He was celebrating away behind me as usual last night.

"A family friend described him as "the life and soul of the Eric Roberts Stand". Very sad news. Here's one of my favourite pictures of him (above)."