Cheltenham Town FC staff and directors were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of two highly regarded club servants over the weekend.
Former player and director Dave Hudd died on Sunday aged 78. Originally from Bristol and a former inside-forward for Bristol Rovers, Dave joined Cheltenham Town in 1965 and spent four seasons with the Robins, scoring 43 goals from 147 appearances and featuring in the 1967-68 team that finished fourth in the Southern League.
He left in 1969 to join Worcester City but after building a post-football career in local business, he re-joined the club as a director between 1985 and 1991 as the Robins enjoyed their first spell in the Football Conference (now National League). He continued to follow the club’s fortunes closely in recent years despite failing health and still managed to attend some games last season.
On Friday former Cheltenham Town club secretary Ken Turner passed away after a short illness. Ken joined Cheltenham Town as club secretary between 1987 and 1990, later joining Gloucester City where he served as secretary, director and then acting chairman. He gave many years of dedicated service to non-league football as a director of the Southern League from 1998 and chairman of the league between 2005 and 2016.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to all the families and friends of both Dave Hudd and Ken Turner. RIP.