FORMER Wexford and London footballer Scott Doran has passed away at the age of 44.
The stylish forward played for his home county between two stints over 14-year period, starting out in 1992. He was widely regarded as one of the finest footballers in the country during that era.
He played for London in the 2005 Connacht championship, represented the Father Murphy’s hurling club and turned out for Manchester side St Anne’s during his time in the UK.
Former London goalkeeper Brian McBrearty said: “Shocked at this news. Played against and with Scott and he was a brilliant footballer and a lovely fella.”
The Wexford GAA Community is in shock & saddened to hear the news this evening of the passing of Scott Doran, aged 44, Scott Who is nationally recognised as one of our top footballers & wore the purple and gold jersey for over 14 years our Thoughts and prayers are with his family pic.twitter.com/MFAmRxerFF
— Wexford GAA (@OfficialWexGAA) December 29, 2018
His hometown club Kilmore paid tribute to the player and highlighted a moment of bravery that carried them to the Leinster final.
"In 2003 Scott got the medal he so craved when we captured the County Junior Football title and his reaction after the game showed how much it meant to him as on his knees, he beat the ground with joy," a statement read.
"What most people didn’t know was Scott had broken his jaw in the semi-final and then would go on to lead the team to a Leinster final while still suffering from the same injury.
"For anyone lucky enough to see Scott play memories will be plentiful, cherish them as you seen a magician in action. Scott possessed a wand of a left foot, a brain too fast for many and the strength of a lion."