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Bury Town could honour football club legend Brian Wadsworth with 'Sugar Daddy Trophy' match

The wife of a long-serving member of Bury Town Football Club has said the club is trying to fulfil one of his last wishes.

Brian Wadsworth, from Great Barton, who died on September 4, at the age of 81 following a cardiac arrest, held many positions, including director, press officer and match reporter.

As one of his last instructions left to his wife, Joan, he wanted the club to organise an annual pre-season match with a trophy and medals with his former club, Great Yarmouth.

Bury Town Football Club stalwart Brian Wadsworth.
Bury Town Football Club stalwart Brian Wadsworth.

Joan said: “He played in goal for Great Yarmouth before moving to Bury in 1978 to work for British Sugar here.

“Even though he supported Arsenal and we went many times to Highbury when you could buy tickets on the turnstiles, he enjoyed helping and encouraging his local team.”

Brian has asked the trophy to be called the ‘Sugar Daddy Trophy’ after the name he used when writing weekly notes about the club for the ‘Green Un’ football website and in reference to his former employers.

Joan, who was together with Brian for 42 years, described him as ‘a stickler for details, organised and extremely hard working’.

She said: “He also ran marathons when he was younger and only gave up the gym about five years ago.

“He also enjoyed taking in the sun in our garden or on holiday, we would chase it around mountains just to get a bit of it.”

The pair also have four children from previous partners, as well as seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

On the club’s website, Bury Town supporter and fellow volunteer Alan Wainwright said: “Brian had many friends down at the club, and we are all going to miss him.”#

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