WARM tributes have been paid to former Tranmere Rovers player Syd Farrimond who has died aged 81.

Hindley-born Syd joined Rovers following a lengthy spell at Bolton Wanderers where he made 404 appearances between October 1958 and November 1970.

He then went on to make 132 league appearances for Rovers in total playing as a left back.

He was a part of the team who not only held First Division Stoke City to a 2-2 draw in February 1972, but also played in front an unbroken club record attendance at Prenton Park of 24,424. 

Syd was then a member of the team that famously defeated Arsenal at Highbury in the Second Round of the League Cup in October 1973. 

He left the club at the close of the 1973/74 season to begin a brief spell at Halifax Town, one which was soon followed by a coaching role and coincided with an end to his playing career.

He continued his new-found coaching skills with both Sunderland and Leeds United before finally returning to Bolton, and despite being diagnosed with dementia in recent years, he continued his affiliation with Bolton Wanderers FC.

Former Bolton team-mate and work colleague, Ian Seddon, said Farrimond would be missed by many.

"Syd was 10 years older than me so I first came across him towards the end of his career," he said. "He was a real gentleman, a lovely bloke who had some great one-liners.

"But having played a few games with him, I promise you he was a fiery character too, never that far away from a booking. 

"He had a great left foot - even though there were a few shots that swerved into the stands. I think he only scored once after somehow finding himself in the penalty box."

A spokesperson for Tranmere Rovers said: "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all Syd's family and friends."