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Fans to pay tribute to FA Trophy winning Ebbsfleet United captain Paul McCarthy this weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:06 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:06 28 February 2017

Ebbsfleet's captain Paul McCarthy with the trophy after their  FA Trophy final win at Wembley Stadium, west London, 10th May 2008.

Ebbsfleet's captain Paul McCarthy with the trophy after their FA Trophy final win at Wembley Stadium, west London, 10th May 2008.

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Ebbsfleet United has announced plans to mark the passing of beloved former captain and coach Paul McCarthy, who died last week.

The 45-year-old captained the Fleet to their highest honour, winning the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2008.

Following his untimely death of a suspected heart attack on Sunday, fans, staff and players will be honouring the local hero’s life.

Players will wear black armbands during Saturday afternoon’s home game against East Thurrock United.

There will be a minute’s applause in memory of the father-of-four before the 3pm kick-off, and a special one-off enlarged match day programme will feature several tributes from former manager Liam Daish, teammate Ross Smith and a number of former club officials.

Last week Liam Daish, who was manager on that sunny day in Wembley spoke to The Reporter to pay tribute to his captain and friend.

To read his tribute, click here.

Before arriving at Stonebridge Road, the midfielder’s playing career took him to the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Wycombe Wanderers, where he scored in a famous FA Cup upset against Leicester City in 2001.

This week’s match programme will also include memories and photographs of the former professional footballer’s nine-year spell at the club.

Ahead of the clash, a number of fans will be dusting off their 2008 FA Trophy winning shirts in honour and the club is encouraging fans to wear any of the Fleet kits worn during Mr McCarthy’s time at the club from 2004 to 2013.

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