ROGER TAYLOR . . . REST IN PEACE
Saturday May 14, 2011
It is with great sadness that Alfreton Town Football Club announce the passing away of long-serving club secretary and match-day secretary Roger Taylor.
Roger, 72, was taken from us early on Wednesday after a short illness.
One of life's genuine gentlemen, Roger was brought to the club in 1987 by then chairman Sean Egan, and he went on to serve his beloved Reds for almost a quarter-of-a-century.
Deepest sympathy and sincere condolences are extended from everyone at Alfreton Town Football Club to Roger's beloved wife Eileen and family.
Roger was present at the Solihull Moors away league game on April 9th, but unfortunately missed the title-winning day against Redditch United on Saturday, April 23rd as he had been hospitalised just three days ealier.
Rest in peace Roger, you will be sadly missed by everyone at the club and your many, many friends in football.
Roger's wife Eileen and step-son Steve Hall have expressed their sincere thanks to Alfreton Town chairman Wayne Bradley and vice-chairman Sean Egan who went to see Roger in hospital shortly after the Reds won the Blue Square Bet North title. They took the championship trophy with them to show Roger what his sterling efforts had contributed towards. "It made Roger's day" said Steve.
Manager Nicky Law has said how upset both he and assistant manager Russ O'Neill are following the loss of Roger Taylor.
Law said: "We are devastated to have heard the sad news. I am so sorry I never got to see him in hospital before he died. He was such a lovely man.
" Whenever he came into the office for the team sheet I was never ready and I always asked him to give me five minutes. Roger always brought me a pen from Barclays because I never had one. Then he would come back in because I had got three Wilsons listed down with no initials or I had forgotten to put who was captain. He always sorted things out. I am just so sad that he won't see his team in the Conference Premier Division. Our thoughts are with his family."