Portsmouth: Pompey Supporters' Trust chairman Ken Malley dies

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The Pompey Supporters' Trust secured ownership of the club in April 2013

Portsmouth have paid to tribute to Ken Malley, chairman of the Pompey Supporters' Trust, who has died aged 70 following a recent stroke.

Malley took over in January from predecessor Ashley Brown and was part of the trust at its inception in 2009.

"Ken was a very special man, part of the wider football family across the country," Brown told BBC Radio Solent.

He was also a key driver in securing fan ownership when the club was saved from liquidation in 2013.

"A huge amount of thanks is owed to him for making sure we still have a football club to support," Brown added.

"A lot of people will recognise the part Ken played, but there's probably a lot who don't and they might want to take a moment to think how Ken made that happen."

In a club statement,external-link chief executive Mark Catlin described him as "a passionate advocate of a better deal for football fans".

"He was a genuinely nice guy. His constructive and thoughtful approach is a great loss to both the trust and the club," Catlin said.

Malley was also an executive director of the Football Supporters' Federation.