David Stanford’s passing is a big loss for Ivy Rovers FC.
Coach Bryan Neblett said even though Stanford was ill he was working to prepare the club for the restart of the domestic football season.
“Whenever it came to the team he was always there. He was a good father figure to the boys who all looked up to him, from the young ones right up to the senior ones. It is going to be hard filling David’s void. Missing him is going to be a big loss,” Neblett said.
“Throughout his illness, he was looking forward to football starting back and was dealing with the Club Licensing and getting the team sorted out for the season and putting things in place,” he added.
Stanford was a part of the club for about the last decade, and was always on hand regardless of the time to ensure what needed to be done was done on time, especially for the boys as Manager and Secretary.
“He would always come and lend a hand with the training. David would go beyond the call of duty for the club. Everything that needed to be done, David would ensure it was done. Once you called on him to do something he would always be there to do it, no questions asked,” Neblett said.
The club is also pooling together to assist with the funeral and see what else can be done to memorialize Stanford’s name.
“He was a good guy and I’m not just saying that because he is not here. From my experience dealing with him and the team, I cannot say a bad thing about him. All I can say is whenever it comes to the team, he had his heart all in,” Nebelett ended.
President Randy Harris, the Executive Board, management, and staff of the BFA, extend sincere condolences to Stanford's family and by extension the Ivy Rovers club.
May he rest in perfect peace.