Former City player loses cancer battle

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A former Brechin City footballer, who had been living in New Zealand for the last 15 years, has sadly passed away.

Stephen Gove, known as Govey, formerly of Hillside, Montrose, died on Sunday (June 7) surrounded by his loved ones.

Mr Gove was born at Charleton Maternity Home Hillside, on November 6, 1959.

He was best known as a passionate footballer, playing as a forward for Brechin City and other local clubs - including Montrose Roselea and Forfar West End, with whom he won the Tayside Junior title.

He eventually relocated to New Zealand in 2000 with his family because he loved the outdoor life and the opportunities offered..

He went on to play, then coach, teams - often outpacing players half his age. In his career he played over 1500 games at senior level and scored almost 500 goals.

He continued to play football right up until a month ago, when he was diagnosed with an aggressive, stage four cancer. He died aged 55 on Sunday, the day before his 36th wedding anniversary with wife, Fiona.

All his family were around him when he passed, and he was cracking jokes and being his usual charismatic self, right up until his last breath.

Mr Gove’s funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday, June 18) at 1 pm (NZT) at North Harbour Chapel, 185 Schapper Rock Road, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand.

The family say Mr Gove was the soulmate and husband of Fiona Gove, hero and father to Kelvin, Daryl, Jordan and Lara Gove, beloved papa to Isla, Ariel and Sawyer Gove.

He was the eldest son of Clarence ‘Click’ Gove and the late Christine, and brother to Rodney.