Tributes have been paid to Fulham FC's head of London recruitment John O’Brien.
He passed away at the end of April, a year after a massive tumour was found behind his eye during a routine visit to the optician.
The club held a minute’s silence at its first home fixture following his death, an under-21s match at Craven Cottage against Manchester United on April 28.
It was reported last year that optometrist Nund Vyas, from Specsavers, discovered a tumour the size of a kiwi behind Mr O’Brien’s right eye. He had visited the opticians in South Harrow believing he needed a stronger pair of glasses.
The dad-of-two, who lived in north-west London, received treatment and was given the all-clear, but tragically passed away last month.
After spells working for Wycombe Wanderers, Queens Park Rangers, Liverpool and Arsenal, he was brought to Fulham by Huw Jennings and Malcolm Elias in July 2009 and tasked with heading up the Academy’s scouting programme in the capital.
Fulham FC said the 51-year-old was popular around its Motspur Park training ground.
A statement read: “He had many, many friends.
"John’s sense of humour, integrity, spirit, and dedication to the club will be remembered by all at Motspur Park.
“John loved his work and his passing will have saddened many Academy players and their families, across the age ranges.”
The club invited members of Mr O’Brien’s family to the under-21s tribute match, which also included a tribute read over the PA by Mr Jennings.