Everyone at the club has been saddened to hear of the recent death of life-long supporter Shaun Rafferty, who died of a heart attack on Friday 21 March, aged 42.
Shaun served his country as a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy from 1991 to the present day and was a loving husband and father of two, who will be missed by all.
Speaking to the club this afternoon, his son Ben told us that his father’s favourite memories were: the Freight Rover Trophy win in 1987, the club's return to the Football league last April and most recently, the 1-0 at the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield earlier in the season.
“He was a massive fan of the club. When serving abroad, he would do all he could to tune into Mansfield 103.2 to listen to matches and keep up to date with all the club news,” said Ben.
His favourite player was Adam Murray, who, after hearing of the loss, said: “I extend my sincere condolences to Shaun’s family and friends. I have deep admiration for people who put their lives on the line for others. They are the true heroes in this world.”
Our thoughts are with Shaun’s family and friends at this sad time.