Silence honours soccer stalwart John BradleyBy Becky Barnes
March 15, 2013
Tributes have been paid to a stalwart of Bracknell’s football leagues.
John Bradley died on February 25, and a minute’s silence was held before fixtures in the Bracknell Town & District Sunday Football League on Sunday, March 3.
The 79-year-old referee was instrumental in running refereeing courses for newly qualified referees and was a Division Four representative for the Berks & Bucks Football Association, which covers the East Berks and Bracknell & District football leagues.
Martin Raines, 51, from Burghfield Common, said: “John helped me through my early years of refereeing and I really appreciated his insight, experience and no nonsense approach.
“He was a true gentleman – a very sad loss.”
John was also chairman and later vice president of the East Berks league and a member of the Referees’ Association.
Brian Moore, Berks & Bucks Football Association chief executive, said: “John will be sadly missed by football within Berks & Bucks, and was, right up to a few days prior to his death still fully active within all his roles that he held so dear.”
The life of John, who lived in Maidenhead, was celebrated on Friday, March 8.