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.