SPORTS clubs in Ammanford and across Carmarthenshire have been paying tribute on social media to a popular clubman and supporter, following the passing of Colin Haines.

A life president and former Director of Football and coach at Ammanford AFC, he was one of the first inductees into the club’s Hall of Fame, having taken on many roles over the years.

He was also a keen supporter of the town’s other sports clubs, and his likeable personality earned the respect of the sports community, throughout the Amman Valley.

“It is with great sadness that the club announces the passing of Colin Haines,” a spokesperson for Ammanford AFC posted on the club's official Twitter account.

“Colin had been involved with the club for many years, most recently as Reserves Manager, winning the League Title only five years ago. Our thoughts are with all of his family at this difficult time.”

Ammanford Cricket Club also wrote on their official Twitter account: “Really sad news of the passing of Colin Haines, our condolences to his family and his friends at Ammanford AFC.

“Colin never missed a home cricket game at the Park, and over the years had a huge influence in local sport. Rest in Peace Colin.”

Meanwhile a spokesman for Ammanford Rugby Club posted on their official social media account: “We're saddened to hear the passing of Colin Haines.

“He had a close affinity to Ammanford AFC and the footballing community, but Colin had a genuine interest in all sports. He always had time for everyone.

“Our thoughts are with Colin's family and close friends at this sad time.”

Cwmamman United AFC have also added their condolences, posting on their official Twitter account: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Colin Haines.

“A true gent, and a key part of Ammanford football history, while also a popular ex-manager here. He will be truly missed, our thoughts are with Colin's family.”

Many other clubs and individuals from the Carmarthenshire Football League and Welsh Football League joined in the social media tributes to an ‘Ammanford legend.’

Ex-Swansea City striker Lee Trundle, who now plays for Ammanford, also wrote: “RIP Colin, a massive loss to the football club xxx”.