Town mourns death of sportsman

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POLICE are still awaiting the results of a post mortem into the death of Selkirk man Greg Alexander.

The 23-year-old, pictured, collapsed and died in a flat in his home town on Thursday morning after watching the previous night’s Old Firm game between Celtic and Rangers. The former Royal Scot soldier had sent a text message to his mother Lynne after the match to say he was having a few drinks at a friend’s flat.

Lynne, 47, told reporters last week that her son’s death had come as a “great shock”.

She added: “Greg was tall, super-fit and loved his sport. No-one had a bad word to say about Greg.”

The former Selkirk Victoria footballer earned his nickname, Mallet, due to his heading ability, and had the word tattooed on his arm.

He had previously suffered from a heart condition, but had made a winning debut for Selkirk Stormers – the town’s third XV rugby team – against Portobello last month. Both Selkirk’s football teams and the Stormers held a minute’s silence before their matches last weekend.

Lynne added: “He had been working at the call centre since he came out of the army and he was really enjoying it there. They were going to put him on a management training course.”

Mr Alexander’s twin brother, Gary, and father, Bruce, both work for Build Centre in Galashiels, and both paid Facebook tributes alongside hundreds of friends and family.

Gary wrote: “RIP big bro never be forgotten mate love u loads”, while dad Bruce added: “Proud to have been your dad RIP son”.