Tributes compensated to a legend of Co Armagh soccer Robert ‘Blackie’ Black

Robert Black from Portadown, Co Armagh.

Robert Black, recognized to all as ‘Blackie’, died following a limited disease and the Armagh Street Presbyterian Church, where by he grew up as a boy, was packed for the funeral on Sunday afternoon.

And as the tributes arrived in their hundreds at the club’s Pepperton Park ground on the Tandragee Road, the just one information is, ‘Blackie was a buddy to all. He was cherished and highly regarded by all and it states substantially of the person that the tributes have arrive from junior golf equipment all above the country’.


Robert Black from Portadown, Co Armagh.

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The attendance at the funeral spoke volumes of the esteem in which Robert, from Laurel Park, Laurelvale, was held. The mourners have been from every wander of lifetime and there were being touching and emotional scenes as gamers, earlier gamers and officers lined up outdoors Pepperton Park and applauded as the cortege manufactured its way to the church.

Robert’s determination to the Bourneview Mill club goes back again a long time and as club stalwart Tommy Lyttle mentioned, the extent of his function for the club will never be completely acknowledged.

Robert’s know-how was finance – his comprehensive time career was a tax expert – but he threw himself into each and every component of the club and he was delighted in seeing Pepperton

Park establish into a single of the best junior grounds in the country.

Robert would have been the first to admit that the success of the club was down to tricky-functioning committee gentlemen like Tommy Lyttle, Robert Anderson and other individuals, and the guiding hand of club stalwart Alan Whitten. But they would all accept that it was Blackie’s enthusiasm and his really like for the club that encouraged them to goal increased.

It was always exciting to be all over Blackie and the Pepperton Park touchline resounded to fantastic natured banter when Bourneview Mill were being at house. Blackie was the unofficial ball boy and he acquired a large amount of stick about that – when he wasn’t reminding everyone that he was an ardent Arsenal enthusiast – not that any individual essential reminding. All they had to do was glimpse at his Twitter and Fb accounts!

Previous player John Proctor, even now a frequent visitor to Pepperton Park, stated: “The extent of Blackie’s do the job for the club can under no circumstances be over-estimated. He has often been there, via the lean occasions and the very good moments.”

An additional previous participant, Billy Gillis, also explained Blackie’s do the job for the club will by no means be overlooked “and as a man or woman he will by no means be forgotten. It can be always a enjoyment to stop by Pepperton Park and Blackie was generally there with a heat welcome – and possibly a point out of Arsenal”!

Club formal Robert Anderson, who has also expended a life span with the club, said: “It has been a devastating blow shedding ‘Blackie, but what recollections he leaves. Blackie would have needed us to proceed performing difficult for the club and I have no question that will happen.”

Annagh United Youth Academy mentioned: “Everyone at Annagh United Youth Academy are saddened to listen to of Robert Black (Blackie) passing. An additional very good soccer man gone to early. We go on our views and prayers to the Black family and Bourneview Mill FC”

Hanover FC claimed: “All at HFC mail our sincere condolences to all at Bourneview Mill and of class Blackie’s household and buddies. Our views are with you all.”

Richhill AFC stated: “Condolences to everybody at Bourneview Mill and the Black spouse and children at this extremely sad time. Blackie was a true football person.”

Coagh United FC reported: “Our sympathies to Blackies spouse and children and friends, and to all at Bourneview.”

One more mate mentioned: “Condolences to the Black spouse and children and all at Bourneview Mill FC on this very unfortunate information. Blackie was a focused clubman and a proper football male, who will be skipped by all of us in the Mid Ulster League who experienced the grace to know him and the real character that he was… relaxation effortless, Robert.”

And one particular person claimed: “An complete honor to have spent many a Saturday afternoon with Blackie aka the people’s champion. A gentleman hardly ever to be overlooked.”

Robert was the only son of Mr and Mrs Bobby Black of Clonavon Avenue,Portadown and just after leaving Portadown College he joined the Government’s tax office environment and spent 11 a long time in London, wherever his curiosity in Arsenal was fostered, just before returning house and taking up a article at Marlborough House.

Former trainer Alan Smith was a everyday living-prolonged close friend and shared a lot of content occasions with Blackie in the Armagh Road Presbyterian Boys’ Brigade and he reported: “Robert was a correct and trustworthy mate and lifetime was by no means uninteresting when you were being in his corporation. He will be sadly skipped.”

Those people sentiments were echoed by a different two of Blackie’s near mates, father and son George and Gregory Burke who served in the loyal Orders with him and enjoyed many social outings together.

Robert gave very long and distinguished company to the faithful Orders and experienced been Worshipful Master of his Orange and Black lodges.

He is survived by his devoted spouse, Joanne, and an extended family circle. The funeral provider was conduced by the Rev Philip McClelland and burial was at Vinecash Presbyterian churchyard.

Donations in lieu of flowers are to Laurelvale Mission Hall, of which Robert and Joanne were keen supporters, c/o Alan Wray and Co, The Previous Meeting Property, 24a Portmore Street, Portadown, BT62 3NG

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