TRIBUTES have been paid to Paul Johnston, the former Dunbreen Rovers, Shelbourne, Glenavon and Omagh Town footballer who died at the weekend following a long illness.
Johnston was considered one of Omagh’s finest and after impressing for Dunbreen in the Fermanagh and Western League, Lurgan Blues manager Terry Nicholson signed the talented midfielder and Rovers team-mate Nigel Ballantine in 1985.
In his first season Johnston made a number of first team appearances at Mourneview before returning to play for his hometown club Omagh Town.
Shortly afterwards Paul was diagnosed with leukaemia which cut short his playing days.
In more recent times he spent two spells coaching at Rovers.
Current Dunbreen boss John Crawford had the pleasure of seeing Paul’s talents at first hand.
“He was quality, a very skilful and intelligent midfielder player,” said Crawford.
“He was a tremendous passer of the ball and had the vision to boot. He could strike a lovely deadball.”
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