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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-09-07, 10:00 am

I know I can get on peoples nerves going on and on about the Coxhoe branch and why football is only one reason why I keep on going back to games.


You will recall a year ago when we lost a leading light of the branch, Graham Butch Williams. Well to remember the first anniversary of Butches sad death a member of the branch, Bernie Walsh was asked to write a tribute for The Northern Echo, it is so good I thought I would share it.


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So often we hear of the massive amounts of money generated in football. Players attracting large transfer fees and wages and many fail to live up to their expectations. So often there is the failure to connect. We rarely hear recognition of the football supporter who commits fully to their football club.

As a Sunderland supporter I see so many fans who hope and aspire to success. They are the bedrock through thick and thin. When times are good they treasure the moment, but whatever the result or the fortunes of the club the avid supporter is there. Sadly, in the modern game there isn't that true connection between the players and the fans.
Graham 'Butch' Williams was the ideal supporter. Loyal, dependent and consistent were qualities that were often missing from the team, but Graham was there for every match. On the bus from his own village of Kelloe through Coxhoe and on to Sunderland, his club and culture, his football family. Graham was frustrated like the rest of us. His mood reflected the success and the disappointment, just like every Sunderland fan. He lived and breathed the team. Sunderland fans understand that hunger and passion. But in that mood was an honest and compassionate man full of humanity.
Graham died a year ago. It was a life brought to a close too quickly, but a legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of supporters in Coxhoe and Kelloe and beyond. Graham touched the minds and hearts of so many and will never be forgotten. Footballers might generate a lot of income and wealth, but Graham achieved a lot more in his support. You cannot calculate the measure and strength of what he felt for Sunderland, his football club in financial terms. It was absolute. That is why so many people remember him and will continue to celebrate his memory. Graham was a giant and to his family and friends someone who loved and cared.
The greatest individuals are those that do the simple and most fundamental things. Making sure that you were alright and had a fixture card. Graham wanted to know that people within his football family were alright. Such and endearing quality from a man with a deep soul who genuinely cared who will never be forgotten.
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Post  Vincemac on 2017-09-07, 10:35 am

cyprussyd wrote:I know I can get on peoples nerves going on and on about the Coxhoe branch and why football is only one reason why I keep on going back to games.


You will recall a year ago when we lost a leading light of the branch, Graham Butch Williams. Well to remember the first anniversary of Butches sad death a member of the branch, Bernie Walsh was asked to write a tribute for The Northern Echo, it is so good I thought I would share it.


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So often we hear of the massive amounts of money generated in football. Players attracting large transfer fees and wages and many fail to live up to their expectations. So often there is the failure to connect. We rarely hear recognition of the football supporter who commits fully to their football club.

As a Sunderland supporter I see so many fans who hope and aspire to success. They are the bedrock through thick and thin. When times are good they treasure the moment, but whatever the result or the fortunes of the club the avid supporter is there. Sadly, in the modern game there isn't that true connection between the players and the fans.
Graham 'Butch' Williams was the ideal supporter. Loyal, dependent and consistent were qualities that were often missing from the team, but Graham was there for every match. On the bus from his own village of Kelloe through Coxhoe and on to Sunderland, his club and culture, his football family. Graham was frustrated like the rest of us. His mood reflected the success and the disappointment, just like every Sunderland fan. He lived and breathed the team. Sunderland fans understand that hunger and passion. But in that mood was an honest and compassionate man full of humanity.
Graham died a year ago. It was a life brought to a close too quickly, but a legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of supporters in Coxhoe and Kelloe and beyond. Graham touched the minds and hearts of so many and will never be forgotten. Footballers might generate a lot of income and wealth, but Graham achieved a lot more in his support. You cannot calculate the measure and strength of what he felt for Sunderland, his football club in financial terms. It was absolute. That is why so many people remember him and will continue to celebrate his memory. Graham was a giant and to his family and friends someone who loved and cared.
The greatest individuals are those that do the simple and most fundamental things. Making sure that you were alright and had a fixture card. Graham wanted to know that people within his football family were alright. Such and endearing quality from a man with a deep soul who genuinely cared who will never be forgotten.
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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-09-07, 11:54 am

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Post  canary-dave on 2017-09-07, 11:56 am

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Post  MrRAWhite on 2017-09-07, 4:38 pm

Fantastic tribute...

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Post  Silvers on 2017-09-07, 4:50 pm

Very nice.

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