Tributes paid to prominent figure in grassroots football, Robin Woolman

Tributes have been paid this week to Thames Valley Football Development League president, and stalwart Maidenhead United fan, Robin Woolman following his death.

Maidenhead United released a statement this week saying the club was deeply saddened to learn of Robin's death following a short illness.

He had been chairman of both the East Berkshire Football League and Thames Valley Sunday Football League, and a secretary at Southern League Beaconsfield Town.

He was also a prominent figure in the local grassroots scene as a referee, instructor, and assessor. A long-standing referee, he officiated more than five thousand matches and conducted nearly 100 training courses for new referees.

He also served the Berks & Bucks FA in many different capacities and was a football scout for several Premier League teams including Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Fulham.

Club director, Steve Jinman, said: "Robin was a stalwart supporter of Maidenhead United as well as doing so much in local football, particularly at Beaconsfield. He was memorably always number one member of the old Maidenhead United members club and omnipresent at the AGM.

“He had also been the Thames Valley Development League's president for five years and before that had served the league in a variety of roles, including general secretary and fixtures secretary. The league sent its condolences to his wife, Ann, and the whole of his family.”

TVFDL general secretary Liz Barnett paid tribute: "Robin has been a stalwart of the league for decades. His vast experience of football administration was a godsend to me as he was always willing to help me with advice and guidance. He will be greatly missed by all in local football."

In 2012 Robin was presented with the FA's prestigious 50 Year Service Award, reflecting his immense and sustained contributions to football.

All TVFDL clubs were asked to hold a one-minute silence in memory of Robin ahead of their matches on Sunday (April 24).

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