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Terminally-ill Oxford United fan thanks club and supporters

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Media captionTerminally-ill Oxford United fan Steve Dyer has been moved to a hospice

A terminally-ill Oxford United fan has thanked the club after its chairman sent him a message of support.

Steve Dyer was admitted to a hospice on Friday, prompting fans to pay tribute to him on BBC Oxford's Facebook page.

Club chairman Darryl Eales also recorded a video, dedicating Saturday's 2-1 win at Peterborough United to the 59-year-old.

Mr Dyer was given four months to live when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November 2015.

The former Oxford resident moved to New Hampshire, America, in 1986.

He flew back to the UK to watch the U's play at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final in April and was invited to meet the team.

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Media captionOxford United chairman Darryl Eales sent him a message of support

In a message recorded over the weekend, Mr Eales said: "Hi Steve, we've just won at Peterborough, I think that one's for you.

"We hope you're not in too much pain and hope to see you soon."

Following last year's defeat at Wembley, Oxford will return to the stadium on 2 April for the Checkatrade Trophy Final against Coventry City.

On Facebook, Dan Selwood said: "Hope you get to see us win the cup Steve. Your a true gent much respect to you and your family all the best bud."

Andy Scholes said: "Steve, I've followed your story through my own cancer journey. I found out recently that my journey is also terminal. Your positivity has given me so much strength."

After his daughter read him the comments, Mr Dyer said: "I'm having a wonderful day, I'm glad I got to hear those things, I hear the team's doing wonderful."

He added: "I love you all, thanks."

Last year, Mr Dyer donated two Oxford United season tickets to the Helen and Douglas House hospice to say thank you for his surprise at Wembley.

Image caption Steve Dyer and his son travelled over from America to watch Oxford United play at Wembley

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