Tributes have been paid to a Carno FC "legend" who has died aged 72.

Barry Maldwyn Lewis, affectionately known as Mally or Mal, died suddenly at Llandrindod Wells War Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, June 30.

He was a former Chairman of Carno Football Club and played for the football club and at Caersws.

Mal and his late twin brother Dilwyn were born in Llanidloes on September 19, 1947 to parents who ran the post office and shop in Caersws, with his older brother and sister George and Sheila and younger brother Gwilym.

After attending Caersws Primary School and Newtown High School, Mal became an apprentice plasterer with Caersws-based building company Evans & Owen. He later started his own company, and his work took him the length and breadth of Britain plastering Laura Ashley shops and many housing developments. Mal was widely-regarded as one of the best plasterers around.

While living in Carno, Mal played football for Caersws and Carno, and as his legs got weary, he became a staunch supporter of Carno FC and the Wales international team. He was later given the honour of becoming chairman of his beloved local club for many years.

A "deeply saddened" Carno FC paid tribute to their former player and chairman adding that he "gave much of his time to helping the club".

"Until latterly he could often be found in the stands home and away," a spokesperson added.

Mal leaves his Helen, his dearly loved partner of 31 years, and her grandson Jake, who he dotted on.

His funeral will take place in Tregynon cemetery on Wednesday, July 15, and friends of Mally are welcome to pay their respects by lining along Main Street in Caersws at 1.15pm where the hearse will stop briefly outside the Buck Hotel. A get together will be held at a later date.