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Middlesbrough FC plans tribute Ali Brownlee, 'Voice of the Boro'

Ali Brownlee
Image caption Middlesbrough-born Ali Brownlee worked in a bank before the BBC hired him in 1982 to report on "the Boro"

Middlesbrough Football Club has unveiled plans for a tribute to BBC Tees presenter Ali Brownlee, who died from cancer on Sunday.

Ali, 56, was known as the "Voice of the Boro" after commentating on the club for more than 30 years.

Officials have revealed a big screen tribute will take place at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday ahead of the home game against Cardiff.

There will also be a minute's applause before kick-off.

Image caption Ali Brownlee was as well known for his enthusiasm as he was for his football commentary

A club spokesman said supporters would also be encouraged to join in further applause at 56 minutes.

The spokesman added: "There will be a big screen tribute to Ali featuring some of his finest moments, and that will be followed by a minute's applause.

"Fans are also urged to join in with a further applause on 56 minutes as a mark of respect for Ali, who passed away at the age of 56."

Ali, who also presented the breakfast show on BBC Tees, died at his home in Middlesbrough on Sunday night surrounded by family.

He began his career working in a bank before, in 1982, the BBC offered him the chance to report on the Boro.

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Image caption Supporters cheered when a photo of Mr Brownlee was shown at the Elland Road ground

He regularly raised money for charities such as Children in Need, Sport Relief and Zoe's Place, a hospice for children for which he was an ambassador.

Middlesbrough players wore black armbands for their match against Leeds United on Monday and supporters cheered when a photo of him was shown on the Elland Road ground's big screen.

Floral tributes have also been placed at the gates of the Riverside Stadium.

Image caption Floral tributes and scarves are being placed outside the Riverside Stadium for Ali Brownlee

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