Rangers community rallies to support family of young fan who died in Lisbon

A tragic loss of a loyal supporter

Thomas McAllister, also known as Tam, was a passionate Rangers fan who travelled to Lisbon with his friends to watch his team play against Benfica in the Europa League on March 7. He never returned home. The 25-year-old father of two fell off a chair in his hotel and was pronounced dead at the scene. His death has shocked and saddened the football community, especially his fellow Rangers supporters.

Tam was a popular and friendly person who loved his family and his club. He had a son and a daughter, aged four and two, with his partner Lauren. He also had a close bond with his parents and his brother Gary. He worked as a scaffolder and enjoyed spending time with his mates. He was always smiling and happy, according to those who knew him.

A fundraiser for Tam’s family

One of Tam’s best friends, Andrew Johnston, decided to set up a fundraiser for Tam’s family to help them cope with the unexpected and devastating loss. He created a GoFundMe page with a target of £10,000, which was quickly surpassed by the generous donations of hundreds of people. The fundraiser has collected more than £13,000 within 24 hours.

Andrew wrote on the page: “No one should go to an away game and not come home. Thomas’ death has affected and touched so many people and the messages of support have been absolutely unbelievable. Keep sharing far and wide. Thanks again for your continued support.”

family of Thomas McAllister

Many of the donors left heartfelt messages of condolence and tribute to Tam. Some of them were his friends and family, while others were strangers who were moved by his story. Some of them were also fans of other clubs, who showed solidarity and respect for Tam and his loved ones.

A tribute from Rangers FC

Rangers FC also expressed their sorrow and sympathy for Tam and his family. The club issued a statement on their official website, saying: “Everyone at Rangers Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of supporter Thomas McAllister. Thomas, 25, was in Lisbon to watch Rangers take on Benfica in the Europa League when he tragically passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

The club also confirmed that they will hold a minute’s silence before their next home game against St Mirren on March 16, as a mark of respect for Tam and his family. They also urged the fans to wear blue scarves and sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in his memory.

Tam’s family thanked the club and the fans for their support and kindness. They said that Tam was a loyal and proud Rangers fan who would have been honoured by the gesture.

A legacy of love and friendship

Tam’s death has left a huge void in the lives of his family and friends, who will miss him dearly. He was a young man who had a lot to live for and a lot to give. He was a loving father, partner, son, brother and friend. He was a loyal and proud Rangers fan who followed his team with passion and joy. He was a kind and generous person who touched the hearts of many. He will be remembered for his smile, his laughter and his spirit.

Tam’s family and friends hope that his legacy will inspire others to live life to the fullest and to cherish every moment. They also hope that his fundraiser will help his children and his partner to have a bright and secure future. They are grateful for the support and the donations from the Rangers community and beyond. They ask for privacy and respect as they grieve for their beloved Tam.

By Dayna Bass

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