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Community / Tributes paid to sport physio legend

TRIBUTES have been paid to sports physio Ian Manning who died earlier this month.

Following his retirement as Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s club physio Ian moved to Lerwick and quickly became involved in the local sports scene, mainly football but also athletics.

In a tribute on social media, Brian Johnston of Shetland Football Association said Ian brought a new level of professionalism to the game locally.

“Ian assisted hugely with the fitness and injuries of many sports people in Shetland, predominantly footballers,” he wrote.

“Ian Manning brought a professionalism to the game locally, knowledge he had honed over decades of involvement in the game at amateur and professional levels.

“He also brought the selfless spirit of a first-class volunteer, a great knowledge of the game and a renowned sense of humour.”

Described as a “legend” and “one of life’s real good guys”, Ian also travelled as physio with the Shetland island games team on several occasions.

His funeral will take place in the Lerwick Congregational Church on Thursday at 11am.

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