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Death of a ‘true gentleman’

A LONG-serving member of Silhill Football Club has passed away after ill health caught up with him.

A LONG-serving member of Silhill Football Club has passed away after ill health caught up with him.

Roger Webb died of a burst aorta whilst undergoing an operation in a French hospital.

The 62-year-old recently moved to the tiny village of Cauvignac in Gironde, France from Seven Star Road in Solihull.

Mr Webb was also a commanding League referee and the perennial Master of Ceremonies at the Birmingham & District AFA annual dinner.

As a member of the league management committee, he also served as Referees’ Secretary from 1986-90 and assistant league secretary between 1990-99. Silhill spokesman Oliver Haines spoke highly of the ‘true gentleman’.

“He was famous for the tall and colourful tales he recounted around the Silhill bar,” he said.

“Roger was a one-off character full of gentlemanly charm and a deep passion and enthusiasm for sport and for the organisation of amateur football in the Midlands.”

His funeral was in France.

 

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