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Albion mourn long-serving kitman

Club saddened to hear of the passing of Dave Matthews

ALBION are saddened to hear of the passing overnight of long-serving former kitman Dave Matthews, aged 67.

Our thoughts are with his wife Carol, daughters Alison and Clare, and his family and friends at this difficult time.

The club will pay tribute to Dave at Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home game against Newcastle (ko 3pm).

Dave, of Halesowen, was a much-loved member of the Baggies’ backroom staff, having worked at The Hawthorns for more than 50 years until May 2012, when he retired.

He was a 15-year-old school leaver when he joined the club's staff on January 9, 1961.

During his time at The Hawthorns, he amassed over 2,000 games as kitman, working with 24 different managers/head coaches.

Dave witnessed FA Cup and League Cup triumphs, two League Cup final defeats and six promotions.

The Smethwick-born stalwart was presented with a Barclays Merit Award in recognition of his outstanding service and loyalty to the club in March 2011.

A host of Baggies stars past and present attended his 50th anniversary tribute dinner at The Hawthorns last year.

The club also laid on a special reception for him on his retirement and marked his achievements with an on-pitch presentation.

Sporting & Technical Director (designate) Richard Garlick said: “Everyone at the club is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of Dave’s passing.

“Dave made many friends during his many years’ service with West Bromwich Albion, many of whom still work here.

“Everyone’s thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this difficult time.”