THE funeral has taken place of the former chairman of Yeading Football Club.
Phillip Spurden died on March 18 aged 65, and on Thursday last week friends and family gathered to pay their respects at St Mary’s Church, in Beaconsfield Old Town.
Known to many in non-league football as ‘Spud’, Mr Spurden signed from Uxbridge for Yeading FC in 1968 as a goalkeeper with a larger-than-life appearance and personality.
After making 159 appearances with 60 clean sheets and a single goal from the penalty spot, he moved into the boardroom and took on the role of chairman.
A builder by trade, he and fellow committee members physically helped build and finance The Warren stadium in Beaconsfield Road, Hayes, in the early 1980s.
In the years that followed he became one of the most popular and recognisable chairmen in the local non-league scene.
In 2007 he spearheaded the merger with Hayes FC to form the current Hayes & Yeading United Football Club.
In a statement, the club described him as ‘a true gentleman who committed his life to his football club. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him and everybody who ever had the pleasure to meet him’.