‘Grandad of Wisbech Town FC’, Bert Roseberry, dies aged 96

PUBLISHED: 19:19 07 June 2011 | UPDATED: 20:07 08 June 2011

Bert Roseberry pictured celebrating his 90th birthday.

Bert Roseberry pictured celebrating his 90th birthday.

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WISBECH Town stalwart Bert Roseberry has died at the age of 96.

Mr Roseberry had been associated with the Fenmen for more than 50 years and was a much-loved figure around the club.

He was a director at the club for many years and also acted as reserve and youth team manager. He is widely known as the man who convinced legendary striker Jackie Gallagher, who made more than 500 appearances for the Fenmen, to join the club.

Tributes have already begun pouring in on the club’s fans forum with one poster, Wispay Fan, suggesting a ‘Roseberry Cup’ should be played in the stalwart’s honour.

Chris Dear, the club’s assistant manager, said on the forum: “Bert was a great man. “He always made the effort to speak to you whether you were a young player coming through or an established senior player. I had a lot of respect for Bert and he kind of felt like the grandad of the football club.

“I remember winning the Peterborough Senior Cup at London Road and Bert coming to 5th Avenue night club in Peterborough until 3am in the morning. He must have been about 80 at the time! What a great man. RIP Bert.”

Another fan, Chris, who posts under the username Crewe Exile, described Mr Roseberry as “Mr Wisbech” and hoped that a statue or bust of the legendary figure could be installed somewhere at the club’s new ground on Lynn Road.

The Fenmen legend died in a nursing home in Corby.

• Leave your tributes to Bert Roseberry below.


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