The Cheltenham Town community has recently been saddened to learn of the news that Robins Trust board member Richard Allsopp has passed away.
The Robins Trust have released the following statement in tribute to a popular and well-known face around the Jonny-Rocks Stadium:
The Robins Trust board were stunned and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Richard Allsopp has passed away.
One of our hardiest and hardest-working volunteers, Rich was our raffle and events organiser.
Whatever the weather, he would be out and about on a matchday selling 1/100 draw tickets, always with a smile on his face.
Never slow to come up with an idea or comment on Trust matters, Rich was a valued and liked member of the small Trust board. We will all miss him.
Trust chair James Young said: "Prior to joining the Trust board, Rich was one of those many Robins fans that you knew, recognised and chatted to without ever really getting to know properly.
"Happily, that changed when he became a member of the Trust board and, as a group, Rich became our good friend and we all got to understand the passion he had for his home town club.
"He was never shy of volunteering for the difficult jobs, like selling raffle tickets, becoming our lottery agent and organising many of the Trust's events.
"We will miss his enthusiasm, his passion for helping the club and his always lively contributions to Trust meetings.
"But most of all, on a personal level, I'll miss having those quick chats about a bad referee, the player who isn't perfoming or how bad the opposition are.
"As a Trust board, we will look for a way to properly commemorate Rich and ensure that the work he did to help and support his club is rightly and properly remembered."