Accrington Stanley supporters have paid tribute to a ‘true terrace legend‘ who was killed on a railway line.

Police said Antony Cox had laid on the tracks near Church and Oswaldtwistle Station as a train approached.

The driver tried to stop but Mr Cox, of Oswaldtwistle, was struck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.05pm on Monday.

Those who knew Antony say he was a lifelong fan whose presence on the terraces made him ’part of the Stanley matchday’.

Yesterday items had been left in memory of the 33-year-old former Tinker and Budget landlord at the station.

Flowers, Stanley scarves and a flag have been laid by well-wishers on the Blackburn-bound platform.

Reds fan and Lancashire Telegraph columnist Stephen Lowe said he was shocked by the news.

He said: "He will be sorely missed. Coxy was one of Accrington Stanley’s characters and it’s an absolute tragedy.

"He will be missed by all the Ultras and supporters as a whole.

"He was an an enthustiastic supporter. Stanley was his life.”

Accrington Stanley Chief Executive Rob Heys said: “I am absolutely gutted.

"This news has come like a bolt out of the blue. I knew Antony for years and years.

"As long as I have been going to Stanley as a little lad, Coxy has been there.

"It’s just unbelievable. We feel great sympathy for him and for his family.

"He will certainly be missed at the club.”

Chairman of Stanley Supporters Rob Russell said Antony’s passions were football, pool, darts and cricket.

He said: “He always had something to say, always went out of his way to talk to people and everyone has a good, funny memory of him.

"He was a terrace legend.”