STIRLING ALBION FC is mourning the passing of much-loved former chairman and owner Peter McKenzie.

The businessman, who became known as “Mr Stirling Albion” during his tenure, was a figurehead of the club for more than twenty years.

He was in charge as the club made the move from Annfield to Forthbank Stadium in 1993 and oversaw history being made on the pitch, including the record-breaking 27-game unbeaten run en route to promotion in 1995/96.

Peter remained in the boardroom at Forthbank throughout the reign of manager Allan Moore, with whom he enjoyed an excellent relationship, and fittingly his final season as chairman, 2009/10, saw the Binos once again win promotion to the second tier.

That summer, he generously allowed the Stirling Albion Supporters’ Trust to take control of the club in a landmark move, with the Binos becoming one of the first fan-owned clubs in Britain.

To celebrate Peter’s service to Stirling Albion, he was awarded a testimonial match against Rangers in 2011.

And two years later, the Forthbank boardroom was renamed in his honour.

Stirling Albion said in a statement: “Peter was hugely respected throughout the Scottish game and is held in high regard by former players, managers and, of course, the SAFC supporters.

“Incredibly, he played in our very first match in August 1945 – as part of the Airdrieonians side beaten 3-1 in an Annfield friendly! A true gentleman, he will be much missed but never forgotten.

“We will, of course, mark Peter’s passing at Saturday’s home game against Edinburgh City.”

Albion chairman Stuart Brown added: “Peter was a great friend and the kindest, most generous person I’ve ever had the honour to be acquainted with.

“Our thoughts are with his Tricia, Jimmy and Scott at this difficult time.”