Football club vice-chairman dies

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THE vice-chairman of a historic football club has died.

Horden CW Football Club stalwart Bob Wood has lost an 18-month battle with cancer.

Mr Wood, survived by his wife of 51 years Sylvia – who has also been integral to the 106-year-old club – passed away on Wednesday morning at The Hawthorns Care Home, in Peterlee.

The former bus driver, of Horden, who was in his early 80s, is credited in building up the club, having joined its committee more than 50 years ago.

Club chairman Norman Stephens, said: “If it hadn’t been for Bob and Sylvia, Horden CW would not exist now.”

Mr Wood became club secretary of Horden CW, but stood down after a heart attack about 15 years ago and became vice-chairman.

Past and present Horden CW players were invited to remember the former referee at today’s match at Welfare Park, Horden, against Gateshead Leam Rangers.

A minute’s applause in tribute to Mr Wood was arranged before the 2pm kick-off, as well as a celebration of his life and work with the club.