Mayor pays tribute to footballing star Arthur Stewart

Monday 5 March 2018

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has expressed his condolences following the death of Mr Arthur Stewart.

Mayor Paul Reid

Mr Stewart, Northern Ireland International and former Ballymena United player died on Saturday.

Councillor Paul Reid, said: "It was with great sadness I learned of the death of Arthur Stewart.

“Mr Stewart was well respected, not just in footballing circles for being amongst the top players in Northern Ireland, but for being an absolute gentleman who will be sorely missed by all.

“The Ballymena man started his footballing career at just 16 years of age and also played for Glentoran, Distillery, Bangor and Cliftonville. He was also capped seven times for Northern Ireland.

“During his two spells with the Sky Blues, Mr Stewart made almost 400 appearances, scoring 33 goals, making him one of only three Ballymena United players to win the coveted Ulster Footballer of the Year award.

"A gentleman on and off the pitch, my thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends at this sad time.”