"I had met him a few times and he was always a nice fella to me. I know his family members very well and it is shocking to me what has happened."
Everton boss Dave Moyes also remarked: "I played against Phil when he was a young player starting out in the game and I met him a few times through the Scottish connections.
"It's tragic that a man with a young family can go to play a football match and not come home again.
"The thoughts and prayers of us all here at Everton are with Phil's family at this dreadful time."