We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has posted messages for Mark over the past couple of days online and via Facebook and Twitter.

We have been totally overwhelmed by your kind words and stories.

On behalf of his family, they would like to pass on their thanks for the comments messages and found them to be a real comfort and very heartening during this difficult time.

It certainly shows that across the country, Mark was a well known and loved individual.

As you know we will be having our tribute to Mark tomorrow night at the Ross County match – a minutes applause in the 49th minute of the game.

We’ve also been asked whether we can do the same at Pittodrie on Saturday for those supporters that have been unable to make the game tomorrow, and we would very much ask if you can help us do that too, as one final Pittodrie goodbye.

Thank you again