BARKING FOOTBALL CLUB PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY DEREK PEDDER , PRESS OFFICER AND ARCHIVIST (07870818262/02085292483) ON 2-12-11
BRAD ROBINSON RIP
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Bradford Robinson , Barking Football Club committee member and stalwart supporter for thirty years.
Brad died on Wednesday evening aged just 39 ,having succumbed after a painful battle against cancer.
Brad has worked tirelessly for the club, made frequent and significant financial contributions and has missed very few matches during those years. As usual he was working hard at the ground during the summer.
For many years Brad ran a fund raising club shop and organized the purchase and sale to supporters of replica playing strips, scarves,hats and other memorabilia. He was also editor of our programmes for a while and ensured the appearance of the club flag and banners at games. Some years ago,when we were in a higher division ,it was Brad’s additional financial contributions which enabled us to avoid relegation in several seasons.
Throughout all his activity for the club Brad was always modest and self effacing.We have lost a dedicated supporter and good and loyal friend . He will be very much missed.
Club Chairman Rob O’Brien said “Brad was the the supportive backbone of Barking FC in the last 5 years or so. He did all he could to drive the club forward and spent many hours doing those jobs that most wouldn't even consider. Due to his illness Brad was obviously not around recently and we had to cope in the short term, his loss is our loss in a bigger way than you can imagine. Barking FC was his second family but our heart goes out to his immediate family who has lost a loyal and loving son who will truly be missed by us all. The club would like to recognise all that Brad has done for this club and as a lasting legacy would like to name the stand or our newly opened clubhouse after Brad. Rest in Peace Brad.”