A minute's applause in memory of Douglas Bennie at Barrfields Park took place before Largs Thistle v Kilbirnie on Saturday.

The former Largs Thistle President has passed away, aged 71, and will be remembered for helping to steer the club to a highly successful era between 2007 and 2012.

During his reign, the club confounded all expectations to reach the Scottish Junior Cup final in 2010, finishing fifth in the Premier League, and also won the First Division Championship in 2009.

The club also reached the semi finals of the Scottish Cup in 2012, and were a penalty kick away from reaching the West of Scotland Cup final in 2010.

Starting off in mid-table in the first division, the club grew, with Mr Bennie instrumental in obtaining shirt sponsorship from Hunterston/EDF Energy which still exists to this day.

He was also involved in talks with Largs Euromillionaires winner Colin Weir to help bring about the £700,000 astroturf football pitch which is now in use every week of the year in all weathers.

Douglas was a retired commercial director in civil engineering, and also a member of the Largs Blooming Lovely group to help beautify the town and also a strong supporter of Scottish mental health charity.