Hibs lead tributes to commentator Martin Glancy

Hibs TV commentator Martin Glancy. Picture: Facebook

Hibs TV commentator Martin Glancy. Picture: Facebook

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HIBS have paid tribute to a commentator on the club’s own TV channel after he died suddenly at the age of just 33.

Martin Glancy’s body was found outside a block of flats in Sighthill in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Devastated to hear of the passing of my good friend Martin Glancy. A genuinely nice guy who has been taken far too soon.

Richard Payne

A member of the public alerted emergency services, but Mr Glancy was pronounced dead at the scene in Forrester Park Drive.

It is understood he collapsed as the result of a medical condition.

Mr Glancy was described as a “valued and well-liked” member of the Hibs media team by the Easter Road club.

In his job as commentator, he shared the thrills and spills of the action on the park for fans watching and listening into matches on the Hibs website.

Fellow Hibs TV commentator Cliff Pike said on Twitter: “I can’t believe the sad news about my Hibs TV buddy Martin Glancy.

“Like me, he was immensely proud and honoured to do the job we do.

“He never once took it for granted. I’ll miss his cheery coupon and his tedious Christmas countdown.”

Hibs TV reporter Richard Payne added: “Devastated to hear of the passing of my good friend Martin Glancy.

“A genuinely nice guy who has been taken far too soon.”

It is understood Mr Glancy had not been involved with the club in recent months as he looked after a sick relative.

In statement, Hibs said: “Hibernian FC are saddened to learn of the death of supporter and Hibs TV commentator Martin Glancy. Martin was a valued member of the Hibernian media team for a number of years, whose passion for the club was clear to anyone who knew him or enjoyed his commentaries.

“The club would like to pass on our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Martin at this time – he will be sorely missed.

“His memory marches on.”

Fellow supporters flocked to social media to pay tribute to the passionate Hibs fan, who is believed to have lived in Sighthill near to where his body was found.

A statement on the Hibernian Retro Facebook page read: “Hibernian Retro would like to offer our sincere condolences to family, friends and work colleagues at Hibernian FC of Martin Glancy, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday in Edinburgh.”

Tributes also came in from city rivals Hearts, whose media chief Phil Turnbull tweeted: “Such sad news about Martin Glancy.

“Our paths crossed many times and he was a deeply passionate Hibby.”

Mr Turnbull added: “My thoughts are with everyone across the city.”

Police sealed off the block of flats while officers investigated after arriving on the scene just after 1am on Wednesday morning.

They confirmed that Mr Glancy’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh responded to Forrester Park Drive at around 1.30am on Wednesday, April 20 after a man’s body was found in the street.”

He added: “There appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding this death.”

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