Tributes have poured in for a Kilwinning Rangers legend after he died of cancer aged 82.

Tommy Moore dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the Buffs and spent a quarter of a century serving as their club secretary, earning the distinction of life-long membership of the Scottish Junior Football Association.

His beloved club have led the tributes to him with current boss Chris Strain saying: “Tommy was at the club even when I was a player and he was well respected within junior football and carried out his job with real distinction.

“I have never heard anyone say anything negative about Tommy. He was part of a double act and that was with his wife Betty, who was very much by his side.

“Betty served at the club alongside Tommy for years and they were probably Mr and Mrs Kilwinning Rangers for a time.

“Everyone that came through the gates at Abbey Park will remember Tommy and Betty and they used to give players a card and a cheque at Christmas because that was the type of people they were.

“Players held them in such high regard. It’s very sad that Tommy has passed away and our thoughts are with Betty and his family.”

“When people who have such an affinity with the club pass on it leaves a hole and sometimes an insurmountable hole in terms of the legacy he leaves behind.

Chairman Colin Boyd also paid tribute to Tommy and said: “He did everything at the club apart from play centre forward. He was the secretary for 25 years and was there for the good times, including the 1999 season, but also stood by the club in the bad times.

“He was the life and soul of the party and he loved a joke and always had a smile on his face. I look up to guys like Tommy. I am here today because I stand in the shoulders of these guys and what they’ve done in the past.

“When I became chairman, he had stepped down but he was always on hand if I needed any advice.

“He will be sorely missed.”

Danny Watt, who served as chairman for three years while Tommy was at the club, added: “Tommy loved the club and he was Buffs through and through.

“When people came to the park they would always ask for Tommy and Betty. They were two peas in a pod.”