The Hyundai A-League community remains in shock following the passing of Wellington Phoenix legend Russell Gray on Monday.
The club confirmed Gray passed peacefully at his home.
Russell was a member of the Wellington Phoenix staff for over ten years, since the club's inception, serving as both Media and Kit Manager up until the 2016/17 season.
Prior to the Phoenix, Russell had an illustrious career writing for media outlets around New Zealand.
He had been a newspaper printer at Press House, but his knowledge of football, and desire to become a sports writer resulted in him joining the paper, where he excelled. He specialised in reporting football, golf, softball, and netball from club to international level.
He also wrote biographies for sporting greats Ricki Herbert and Irene van Dyk.
Despite retiring, Russell was still actively involved around the club and could often be seen at training talking to players and coaches and writing articles for the club, including this past weekend’s match report.
Well-liked and respected by many across the wider football community, players, media personalities and fans were quick to pay tribute to 'Rusty' on social media.