Past-football club chairman mourned

PUBLISHED: 14:44 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:26 25 August 2010

THE former chairman of a football club has passed away.

THE former chairman of a football club has passed away.

Bexleyheath and Welling Football Club chairman, Harold Tanner, 88, from Bexleyheath, died on February 14.

'Bob' Tanner was chairman of the club, renamed Bexley United in 1963, between 1949 and 1966 and was also an active Conservative party member.

Under the leadership of Mr Tanner and two player-managers, Bert Johnson and Charlie Vaughan, Bexley United emerged as a semi-professional team.

Its 'Colts' youth team, driven by Mr Tanner, competed with youth teams from top clubs including Manchester United.

His daughter Carol Kyle said: "He was dynamic and decisive. He was very interested in the youth team and was an inspiration to them."

Five years before becoming chairman Mr Tanner stormed Omaha beach during the D-Day landings, Normandy, as a 24-year-old army Captain.

He was also a publishing executive and in 1979 set-up his own literary and dramatic agency, International Scripts, in Kidbrooke Park Road, Blackheath.

Mr Tanner continued running the business up until his death, which followed two heart attacks.

As a Conservative he became the country's youngest alderman at 29 serving as a Bexley councillor for five years.

Harold Tanner leaves behind his widow, Joyce, two daughters and a grandson.

His funeral is due to be held in Sidcup Cemetery, Footscray Road, at 12.30pm today.

Those who wish to pay their respects are welcome to both the funeral and a reception afterwards at 1.45pm in the Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley Hill.

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