RIP Carlos Alvarez
Sligo Rovers were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former striker Carlos Alvarez today.
Carlos signed for the club in the 2005 season which saw the Bit o' Red win the First Division title, becoming the first Bolivian to play for the club.
The promotion-winning season had many great days with Carlos making some memorable contributions on the way.
He bagged both goals in one of his first performances for the club away to Galway United in a 2-0 success in the fourth game of the season - a night when it was first felt that promotion could be achieved that year.
Carlos netted a late winner in a derby match against Finn Harps in the League Cup and scored a vital goal against Cobh Ramblers late in the season to dispell their challenge and put Rovers that bit closer to the title.
Carlos and his team-mates emerged as First Division winners. He departed the club and later lived in the south-east of the country before eventually moving home to Santa Cruz in Bolivia.
Sadly, Carlos has been battling serious illness in recent years. He passed away this morning at the age of 31 in Santa Cruz.
Sligo Rovers offer our deepest condolences to his Carlos' family including wife Claudia, son Abele, daughter Kiara in Ireland and his mother Magaly.
The club will remember Carlos at the first home game after the mid-season break against Longford Town with members of Carlos' family in Ireland invited as guests of the club as we remember his life with a minute's applause and also his contribution to Sligo Rovers.
Raffaele Cretaro, team-mate of Carlos from the 2005 season, said: "It is such sad news. Carlos was a great lad and a popular figure when he was with us in The Showgrounds. On behalf of the club, we send our sympathies to his family and friends today."
Sean Connor, manager of the 2005 team, said: "I got to know Carlos when I was coaching in America. I thought he would make an impact and offer something to the league and he did, he scored some vital goals for us. He was really well-liked by all his fellow players. He was larger than life, charasmatic, a popular figure and I am totally shattered by today's news. He loved life and fun."
May he rest in peace.