LOVED ones will remember a passionate sports fan — by dressing in football strip for his funeral.

Patrick Perry — known by his middle name Paul — died at his home in Cartmel Crescent, Tonge Moor, aged 74, on July 4 after a long battle with illness.

The stalwart Bury Football Club fan was also a supporter of The Salvation Army for 40 years. His funeral will take place at The Salvation Army’s Bolton Citadel in St George’s Road, Bolton, at 1pm on Thursday.

Those attending have been asked not to wear black and have been encouraged to wear a football strip.

The avid Shakers fan is probably best known for his one-man effort during the dark days of administration. He decorated his car in blue and white and installed loud speakers to drive around Bury drumming up support.

A statement from the club said: “With heavy hearts we announce the death of Paul Perry — perhaps one of the club’s biggest supporters.

Even with failing eyesight and badly ill, Paul would still be seen in his main stand front row seat. On several occasions, Paul would discharge himself from hospital, against all medical advice, to get to Gigg Lane.”

Mr Perry was an avid Golden Gamble user, buying up to £40 worth of tickets at every match and always putting any winnings back into the club. The club statement added: “Rest in peace Paul — a great Shaker.”

Mr Perry, who was married to the late Dee, leaves children Karl and Christine, nephews Mark and Anthony and nieces Collette, Lorraine and Amanda. He was a great uncle to Rachael, Gary, David, Emma, Rebecca, Keira and Shane. His daughter Christine Perry, of Tonge Moor, said: “We know he will be shouting at the referee and the away team’s manager from up in the sky.”