Tributes from the football world are pouring in for Tony Hopper.

Carlisle United, where Tony came through the ranks as a youth and then first-team player, tweeted: "There are simply no words. Sleep well dear friend. Thoughts with Sue and the boys at this very sad time. Tony - thank you for the memories."

The Blues are planning to hold a minute's applause before Saturday's game against Morecambe at Brunton Park. The club's match programme will also be a tribute to Tony.

Workington Reds, where Tony played for a decade, added: "It is with great sadness that the club learned of the passing of former Carlisle United and Reds' legend Tony Hopper last night.

"Tony Hopper, 42, tragically died from Motor Neurone Disease. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends on their sad loss."

Reds chairman John Mackay added: "Tony was such a great fellow and a fantastic servant to our club and we heard the news with sadness.

"We would like to pass on our condolences to his familt and say we are thinking of them at this difficult time."

Former team-mates and fellow players have also paid tribute.

Carlisle goalkeeper Adam Collin, who played alongside Tony at Workington, said:" Absolutely gutted to hear this news, Hoppy was a fantastic player but much more importantly a awesome person.

"Proud to be able to say I knew him and played many games with him. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

United captain Danny Grainger added: Horrendous news that Hoppy passed away during the night, an absolute legend of a man. My thoughts go out to his family at this heart breaking time."

Former Blues team-mate Steve Soley added: "Heartbreaking news about Tony Hopper. He was a great down to earth lad, great credit to his family and credit to his football club and city. So sad."