Big Nev, 64, to be missed by club

Latest news from the Suffolk Free Press, suffolkfreepress.co.uk, @sfpsudbury on Twitter
Latest news from the Suffolk Free Press, suffolkfreepress.co.uk, @sfpsudbury on Twitter

Tributes have been paid to an ardent AFC Sudbury supporter whose death will leave a “big space on the club’s terraces”.

Neville Taylor died last Tuesday following a number of years of ill-health. He was 64.

A builder by trade, Mr Taylor was involved in a number of projects at AFC’s Kings Marsh Stadium in Brundon Lane.

He helped out with the construction of the club’s tea bar, the second turnstile and the programme hut, as well as the clubhouse.

Chief executive Mark Pearman said Mr Taylor, who was born in Yeldham and lived in Stambourne, had become hooked on watching the football club after going to see a match 10 years ago.

“He was not only an ardent supporter, but was one of the many true individuals that, in our time of need, would role up his sleeves and help the cause,” said Mr Pearman.

He said that although Mr Taylor had developed a love for the club relatively late in life, he had followed the team home and away, even travelling to a pre-season friendly in Dublin.

“He was a big man and he leaves a big space on the terraces,” added Mr Pearman.

“He was a kind and gentle man and he will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

“As a club, although naturally saddened by this news, we should all be proud and grateful for the contribution he made.

“Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with his sisters and extended family.”

A date for Mr Taylor’s funeral has yet to be confirmed by his family.