Rod Stewart has spoken of his sadness following the death of a soccer fan who led a famous pitch invasion at London's Wembley Stadium in 1977.
The Maggie May hitmaker was one of hundreds of attendees to rush down onto the turf following the Scottish national team's 2-1 victory over arch-rivals England, and Alex Torrance became the poster boy of the moment after he climbed onto the crossbar of the goal, which snapped under his weight.
Torrance passed away on Tuesday (21Sep10) following a long battle with alcoholism and Stewart has spoken out to send his condolences to the 54 year old's family.
He tells Scotland's Daily Record, "I was saddened to read of Alex's passing. I was at Wembley in 1977 for that famous occasion - and it is a day I remember well.
"At the end, I wanted to go on the pitch with the rest of the fans but I was there with my dad, who said 'No'. I said to him, 'Just try and stop me'. When I got to the pitch, police were trying to stop the fans going on. I lifted my hat to show my face.
"And when the officer saw who it was he said, 'Oh alright, go on then'. It was a great victory that day and they are such fond memories."
The singer has also arranged for a floral tribute to be delivered to the church in Glasgow, Scotland where Torrance's funeral will take place on Thursday (23Sep10). The message simply reads, "I was there, too. RIP."
Stewart adds, "I felt it was appropriate to send something up to Alex's family - and I hope he gets the turnout he deserves at his funeral."