TRIBUTES have been paid to a “Shrimper’s legend”.

Steve Page made more than 500 appearances for the Harwich and Parkeston Football Club, known as the Shrimpers, during the 60s and 70s and even turned down offers from other clubs to stay at his beloved Harwich.

Tony Armstrong, chairman of the club, said: “Steve is a legend in the history of Harwich and Parkeston.

“He was an unbelievable man and well loved everywhere.

“There are not many people in sport who would be so respected.”

Steve, a central defender, joined from Ipswich Town in 1964 aged 24 and played until he was injured in 1977.

He sadly passed away on February 15, aged 72 - to mark the loss the club flag was flown at half mast.

Mr Armstrong added: “Steve had the fantastic record of only being booked once, for handball, a record that today would be unequalled.

"He was an absolutely exceptional player and a true gentleman."