TAUNTON Town have dedicated yesterday's win to club stalwart Mike Byrne, who has passed away at the age of 34.

The Peacocks won 1-0 at Walton Casuals on Saturday, and the club released a statement following the match.

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The statement said: "Taunton Town Football Club is deeply saddened to have learnt of the sudden passing of longstanding volunteer Mike Byrne.

"Mike, who is affectionately known by everyone as ‘Chopper’, held a variety of roles at the Viridor Stadium and would travel up and down the country following the Peacocks.

"His passion and devotion to the club was unquestionable and at just 34 years old was taken far too soon.

"Chopper will be sorely missed and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family at this devastating time.

"We dedicate the victory over Walton Casuals in Mike’s memory, and will pay our tribute to him at our next home match on February 23.

"Rest in peace Chops. Forever in our hearts."

Byrne and head steward Rob Wenham took part in a gruelling charity walk in 2017, in aid of two cancer charities.

Head of football Rob Dray and several of the Taunton players also paid tribute.