A FOOTBALL club is mourning the loss of one of its most loyal fans.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Wrexham AFC have paid tribute to Chris ‘Scarfy’ Williams who has died following illness.
A club spokesman said: “Anyone who travels to away games will know ‘Scarfy’, who had been following the team since he was a youngster.
”He worked at Airbus for more years than anyone will care to remember, before recently taking retirement from the Broughton factory.
“‘Scarfy’ was looking forward to spending more time with his family and travelling unhindered to Wrexham and Wales games – not that he ever missed many in the first place.
”He was chosen as ‘Director for the Day’ back in September, 2013, when we hosted Cambridge United and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.
”A larger than life character, ‘Scarfy’ always had a smile on his face and even after the team lost a match, he always looked on the bright side and couldn’t wait until the next game.
”Illness had stopped him attending games as he received treatment, but he was at the Racecourse in the past month, even venturing out onto the pitch with one our matchball sponsors – and it was good to see him laughing and joking with his friends.”
Messages of condolences have been posted online including this one from Tim Edwards.
He said: “Why must they take the best away from us?
“Barely days away from a year since a good work colleague passed away, I’ve now lost another absolutely wonderful friend in Chris Williams, aka ‘Scarfy’.
“He took me under his wing when I was a kid who started to watch Wrexham AFC. He was funny, warm, dry-witted and looked out for everyone before himself.
”He’d recently earned retirement after long service at Airbus.
”Life is cruel. This is the cruellest. You’ll never be forgotten my friend.”
The club spokesman added: “We can only add our heartfelt sympathies to his family at this very sad time – but please take some comfort in knowing that he also touched the lives of so many throughout the area, including numerous friends both at the football club and Airbus.”