Football fan, 14, dies suddenly as mum asks for one-minute applause in his memory

The mum of a 14-year-old Celtic fan who died suddenly has arranged a one-minute applause in his memory.

Leon Brown, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, passed away during the night last Thursday, leaving his family and friends distraught.

His mum, Lauryn Keating, took to social media to announce the devastating news.

Her post prompted a flood of tributes for the popular pupil at Our Ladies High School, who was described as a “kind, thoughtful and loved wee lad” by friends and family, reports the Daily Record.

Lauryn wrote: “This morning my whole world came crashing down around me. The love of my life, my best friend, my son Leon passed away during the night.

“Leon Brown I have never felt heartbreak like this before, I love you so much that you’ll ever get to know and will never stop missing you my little angel boy.”

Lauryn has now asked football fans to take part in a round of applause for Leon, during the 14th minute of the Old Firm match between Celtic v Rangers on Saturday so he will be “14 forever”.

She said: “We have arranged a clap for Leon on the 14th minute of the game on Saturday.

“Liel Abada will be wearing a t-shirt with Leon’s picture underneath his top on the day. He is also going to get a Celtic top into Parkhead for the team to sign.

“We have arranged for Leon’s picture to be shown during the game with a wee message on the big screen.

“Forever 14.”

Lauryn is also trying to secure tickets for the game, so she can be there in person for the memorial applause.

She added: “It would be amazing and a really special moment to go to the game. There have been a lot of people trying to contact Celtic but we’ve had no luck.

“If me, and my parents could be there in person, we wouldn’t even care if we had to side in the Rangers side, as long as we got to see his tribute.”