Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry has joined in the hundreds of social media tributes to Dubliner Oran Tully (19) who passed away on Sunday after battling a rare bowel condition.
Oran was a huge fan of Chelsea, as well as Bohemians here in Dublin, and back in 2013 he captured the hearts of Sky Sports viewers in the programme My Special Day. In it, Oran and his father travelled to Stamford Bridge where they met all of his heroes and spent the day with Terry.
If you’ve never seen the heartwarming video before, you can do so here…
Since then, Oran has become well-known in League Of Ireland circles and his passing drew a number of tributes from players and fans alike. Last night, Terry himself took to Instagram to express his sadness, posting:
‘Absolutely devastated to hear the terribly sad news that my little mate Oran Tully has passed away.
‘Oran loved Chelsea and knew everything about every Chelsea player past and present.
‘My condolences love and thoughts are with the Tully family.’
League Of Ireland fans are now organising special tributes to Oran which will take place at this weekend’s games…
Any League of Ireland fan travelling home or away this Friday,can you please have a round of applause in the 19th minute in memory of Oran Tully. It would mean alot to his friends and family.
— Marc Ó Goill ???????? (@MarcGoill) August 27, 2018
Would be a very fitting tribute if during the 19th minute of every LOI game this week each set of fans give oran Tully a minutes applause,oran dedicated himself to LOI and football itself,rivalry aside give the lad what he deserves,spread the word lads????????
— Ross Keogh (@RossKeogh01) August 27, 2018
Bohs also paid tribute to the young man they called ‘The Ginger Mourinho…’
Everyone at the club is very saddened to learn of the passing of Oran Tully.
Oran was a dedicated supporter who followed Bohs up and down the country with an infectious passion for the team he loved. He will be sorely missed.
RIP ‘Ginger Mourinho’ ?????? pic.twitter.com/AKzgzMxpc8
— Bohemian FC ????? (@bfcdublin) August 27, 2018
While Oran’s final tweet, after Bohs recent win over Shamrock Rovers, showed how passionate he was about the club and football in general…
Message from the Mater Hospital Dublin is Red and Black pic.twitter.com/8AnVzi6u5L
— Oran Tully ???????? (@Kidney_Failure) August 18, 2018
(header pic: @johnterry.26)