Tributes paid after much-loved Derby County tour guide Sid Marson dies

'He was a true gentleman'
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Tributes have been paid to a Derby County legend who has died.

Sid Marson had been doing tours of Pride Park Stadium since 1998 before retiring aged 91 earlier this year.

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A Derby County spokesperson said on Monday: "It was with great sadness that we were informed of the passing of long-serving staff member Sid Marson over the weekend.

"Sid, at the age of 91, recently conducted his final Pride Park Stadium tour and he will be greatly missed by everyone connected to the club.

"Our heartfelt condolences are with Sid's family and friends."

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Speaking to the BBC in February before he retired, much-loved Sid said: "I've been here (at Derby County) for that long, it's part of my life."

He became a Rams fan during the Second World War.

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"When the war was on, there were no football matches at night - they were always in the early afternoon," recalled Sid.

"And then when I did my national service with the army, the army used to play on a Wednesday and I used to come home with them.

"We were living in Derby - I'd go home and watch the football."

Tributes have been flooding in for Sid since his death was announced.

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On Twitter, Robin Johnson described him as an "incredible ambassador" for the club.

Alison Parker-Bedlow said: "A true gentleman. The club needs to do something to recognise Sid and his contribution to the club. Sleep well sir."

Others described him as "the heart of the club" and someone who was "incredibly helpful".