Tributes have been paid to long-term Berkhamsted FC supporter “Butch” Connell who has passed away after a short illness, aged 71.
The club posted a tribute to Butch on its website.
It read: “Butch had supported The Comrades for many years and attended most games, both home or away. He was also well-known at other clubs like Tring Athletic, Hemel Town and Chesham United and would watch other local teams if
Berkhamsted didn’t have a game.
“Many Berkhamsted residents will know Butch. A pupil at the town’s Ashlyns School, he worked for Royal Mail for many years which brought him into regular contact with local people. He also served the local community as a part-time firefighter up to the age of 55.
“His involvement with Berkhamsted FC stretches back to the late 1960’s/early 1970’s when he played for the 100 Club on Sunday mornings as a full back who most would not have fancied going a tackle with. Later, in the 1980’s, he was a key member of the back-room officials at Northchurch FC who had great success during that period.
“Apart from football, his hobbies were playing bowls at Kitcheners Bowls Club and caravanning.
“Butch will be much missed at Broadwater where he always had time for a chat as people passed his usual position standing in front of the terracing. His support was much-valued by the club and they send their condolences to his family. R.I.P. Butch.”