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Farewell to football club legend Eric

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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LEEK Town have been saddened by the death of club stalwart Eric Oliver.

During his time with the club, Mr Oliver served in virtually every role, from ground staff to gateman, treasurer to chairman, but in recent years, due to prolonged ill-health, he was forced to follow the club's progress from his Endon home.

The 92-year-old was a founder member of the club.

Interviewed back in 2007, he said: "I was born in Leek and I am a one club man.

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"If you are a good supporter, then you support your club when it's down and certainly when they're up. I've always been a Leek Town supporter."

Although he worked long hours, Mr Oliver found time in July 1947 to find time to attend the inaugural meeting of Leek Lowe Hamil FC (now Leek Town) at the Blue Bell in Mill Street and became a founder member of the club.

At the first committee meeting of the newly-formed club, he was appointed assistant secretary.

Mr Oliver retired from working as an accountant for the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) in 1997 and in same year he was presented with a 50 years long service medal by the FA for his contribution to non-league football.

The same year, he stood down as treasurer and was made a life member of the club.

Mr Oliver celebrated 60 years' unbroken membership of Leek Town in July 2007.

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