Salford City Football Club has paid tribute to Irish singer, Shane MacGowan, who died peacefully this morning.

The club took to X to honour the life of The Pogues’ frontman. The band’s cover of ‘Dirty Old Town’ has been used as Salford City’s walk out music on home matchdays.

The club tweeted: “Everyone at Salford City sends their thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Shane MacGowan, who sadly passed away this morning. His distinctive voice on The Pogues’ cover of our Club anthem, Dirty Old Town, is a staple of matchdays at The Peninsula Stadium ❤️.
MacGowan died “peacefully” on the morning of November 30 with his wife Victoria and his family at his side.

A statement on behalf of his wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, his sister Siobhan and father, Maurice, on The Pogues’ official Instagram said: “It is with the deepest sorrow and heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Shane MacGowan.

“Shane died peacefully at 3am this morning with his wife Victoria and family by his side. Prayers and the last rites were read which gave comfort to his family.

“He is survived by his wife Victoria, his sister Siobhan and his father, Maurice, family and a large circle of friends. Further details will be announced shortly but the family ask for privacy at this very sad time”.

His wife Victoria Mary Clarke, took to Instagram to pay her tributes. She wrote: “I don’t know how to say this so I am just going to say it. Shane who will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of my dreams and the love of my life and the most beautiful soul and beautiful angel and the sun and the moon and the start and end of everything that I hold dear has gone to be with Jesus and Mary and his beautiful mother Therese.

“I am blessed beyond words to have met him and to have loved him and to have been so endlessly and unconditionally loved by him and to have had so many years of life and love and joy and fun and laughter and so many adventures.

“There’s no way to describe the loss that I am feeling and the longing for just one more of his smiles that lit up my world.

“Thank you thank you thank you thank you for your presence in this world you made it so very bright and you gave so much joy to so many people with your heart and soul and your music.

“You will live in my heart forever. Rave on in the garden all wet with rain that you loved so much. You meant the world to me.”

Shane will continue to be honoured at Salford City as his music fills the Peninsula Stadium for matchdays to come.

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