Tributes paid to ex-Badgers chairman and life president

George Belshaw fulfilled many roles at Eastwood Town FC.
George Belshaw fulfilled many roles at Eastwood Town FC.

Tributes have been paid to a founder member and former chairman of Eastwood Town Football Club who has died at the age of 92.

George Belshaw began playing for Eastwood Collieries FC immediately after his long wartime service, helping them establish a proud league and cup record.

In 1953, Mr Belshaw became a founder member of Eastwood Town FC and, for well over 50 years, served the Badgers nobly as player, trainer, administrator and latterly as chairman.

Former club secretary Paddy Farrell, who along with Mr Belshaw was given a life presidency at Coronation Park, offered glowing praise for the work he did at the club.

He said: “In the midst of his sterling service in key roles at the club, George performed just as capably and enthusiastically in the more mundane occupations such as gateman and first-aid attendant.

“He was instrumental in transforming my own keen touchline support to an in-club role in the mid-sixties and I leave it to others to decide how wise his intervention proved.

“On my part, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my association with George and indeed, apart from the last three or four years, with Eastwood Town FC.

“George deserves every honour he received from the the Football Association and Eastwood Town Council and I know all who were privileged to be involved with him are richer and more modest for the experience.

“George has a real claim to being Eastwood Town FC’s greatest ever servant.”

Mr Belshaw was laid to rest following a service at Markeaton Crematorium on Tuesday.