Tributes have been paid to footballer James Moore who died suddenly.

Belfast man James Moore played for a number of teams, including Cliiftonville and Larne.

In a statement, Larne FC said it was “shocked and saddened to learn that our former player, James Moore has passed away”.

“James joined the club from Cliftonville in January 2013 when Graham McConnell signed the skillful midfield player in the transfer window. James then moved on to Donegal Celtic in August 2013.

“We understand that most recently, James was playing his football for Willowbank FC, where he was club captain and was beginning a coaching career.

“Whilst his stay at the club was relatively short, James was a popular player with his team mates and supporters. James was a gentleman who had time for anyone and it was a pleasure to have him represent our club.

“Our sincere condolences go to James’ family, friends and team mates at Willowbank at this very difficult time.”

And former club Cliftonville, said it was “deeply saddened to this morning learn of the tragic loss of James Moore”.

“A talented midfielder in a successful Cliftonville Olympic side, James left Solitude in January 2013, enjoying spells with Larne and Donegal Celtic before most recently featuring as captain of Amateur League side Willowbank.

“Fondly recalled by his fellow Reds players and coaches, he will be missed not only by his loving family but also those whom he played alongside during his career.

“Everyone at Cliftonville FC extends sincere sympathies to the Moore family circle, as well as his friends and former team mates at this very difficult time.”

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