0 Flint Town United pay tribute to larger than life' groundsman

A Flintshire football club has paid tribute to its 'larger than life' groundsman who died last Friday, January 30.

George Anthony Foster, aka Brummie, died on Saturday, January 30.

Flint Town United

George Anthony Foster, known as 'Brummie, was associated with Flint Town United for a number of years.

The 79-year-old was best known for being groundsman at Flint's Essity Stadium.

He would also often give his thoughts in the club's matchday programme and was awarded for his work as groundsman back in April of this year.

Flint Town United released a statement following Mr Foster's death, hailing him as a 'larger than life' character.

The statement read: "It is with great sadness and regret that we have to report our club stalwart and legend, George Anthony Foster, known to all as "Brummie" passed away last night.

"Brum had been closely associated with the club for many years, mostly in his role of groundsman, and was well known throughout football circles. He never forgot a face, and was welcomed at the many away grounds he visited, having built up friendships with rival supporters, players and officials.

"His depth of knowledge of all things Flint Town United was incredible, and he was an avid collector of programmes.

During his years as groundsman, the upkeep of the pitch was his pride and joy, and woe betide any person who strayed onto it without his permission!

"He was a larger than life character, and loved the post match gatherings in the Social Club, where he mixed and mingled with everyone.

"It goes without saying that he leaves a massive hole in the fabric of Flint Town United and will be sadly missed by all connected to the club."

At their next home match, v Aberystwyth Town on January 6, they will be carrying out a full tribute in their matchday programme, the statement adds.

Many others took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Foster following the news of his death.

Former Flint manager Niall McGuinness wrote: "Gutted to hear this late last night. What a bloke without a doubt one of the best men I've met in the football scene. Thank you for all your support Brum, God bless you."

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