04:50AM, Wednesday 25 June 2014
Football club officials have paid tribute to Holyport FC’s vice chairman Christopher Allum, who passed away on Monday, June 16, aged 66.
QPR fan Christopher, who was born in Hammersmith but settled in Cox Green, joined the Summerleaze club seven years ago after reading an advert in the Advertiser.
His death comes after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Richard Tyrell, who runs the club’s website, paid tribute to a ‘fantastic man’ and a ‘true gentleman’ who was dedicated to non-league football.
He said: "Chris will be sadly missed by myself and everyone at the club."
Richard added the club’s thoughts go out to Christopher’s wife, Angie, and their family.
Former manager Derek Sweetman explained that Chris, who ran EMS Electrical, was ‘hands on’ in his role.
He said: “He did all the work for Holyport - tannoys, implementing the flood lights.
"Whenever he was around he always wanted to get along and be there. It didn't matter what he did. Whether he organised the parking, or took money at the gates."
Holyport chairman Tony Andrews said that Chris quickly became a popular figure at the club after he joined.
He added: "We worked together for about five years. He's one of the best members Holyport ever had.
“He was a great bloke."
Chris’s funeral will take place at noon on Monday at All Saints Church, Church Close, Maidenhead.
The family has requested donations be made to Great Ormond Street Hospital instead of flowers.
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