I'm very grateful to Campbell Yule for letting me know about Gordon, as I had been otherwise occupied all day and had not checked the DFC site or seen the (now numerous) news reports. His own picture and anecdote are fine. As are Robert Ryan's comments on The Ben Lomond Free Press. Meanwhile Dumbarton CEO Gilbert Lawrie, who knows about tragic loss all too well, has reminded us of the picture many will want to remember Gordon by. See also the Evening Times report, and others in The Scottish Daily Record and even (for once!) the Scottish Sun: "No one at Sons will ever forget Gordon's smile".
As for those Trust site messages, two stand out for me. Tommy Hughes writes: "Still numb with shock. A gentleman on and off the park, all round a helluva nice guy. Always smiling and an inspiration to everyone, young and old. [He] will be sadly missed by all the fans, staff and players at DFC. My thoughts and prayers are with Kelly, Kai and his family. RIP Gordon." Meanwhile, John Doyle, who knew Guido well, wrote: "I managed Gordon over a number of years during his time playing with Maryhill Boys Club and Harmony Row Under-21s. He was an absolute delight to work with, always smiling and game for a laugh with his team mates."
John adds: "Gordon was not only one of my best players but he was a close friend too. In fact we both used to get slagged at Harmony Row because we also spent a lot of time together outwith football, therefore everyone used to say he was “ma boy!”. I cannot put into words how proud I was of Gordon and all that he had achieved in his career. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with Gordon’s family but especially with [his fiancee] Kelly and his son Kai. Rest in Peace Guido x."
The picture above shows Gordon Lennon, on the right, with Dumbarton manager Jim Chapman, holding the 2008-9 Irn Bru Scottish Third Division Championship Trophy. I was there to see it lifted, and those memories will remain as long as I do.