Tribute planned for final farewell

Maldon Town & Tiptree United are preparing to pay a final farewell to Phil Robinson after the family of their late secretary announced his funeral arrangements.

Fans, players and officials of the Ryman North club and the family of the late Jammers stalwart are expected to be joined by mourners representing clubs from across the league and beyond at his funeral service at Saint Mary's Church in Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, on Monday 5 June.

The Jammers are inviting mourners to wear their club ties at the 10am service before the lifelong fan and administrator at Park Drive, pictured, is laid to rest immediately afterwards. A wake will be held afterwards at the Brewers Arms in Bicknacre. In a statement on the club's website announcing the arrangements, club officials say the dress code for the day is "smart casual" in true memory of Mr Robinson, pictured.

The club's secretary since its formation in 2010 until a few seasons ago and also the secretary at Maldon Town & Tiptree United, Mr Robinson passed away in the early hours of Tuesday 3 May after being taken ill 48 hours earlier on Sunday 1 May, the same day as his club's 1-0 defeat by Thurrock in the Ryman North promotion play-off final at the Wallace Binder Ground.

Maldon & Triptree

Maldon & Triptree

His family have requested that all donations are made towards the Essex Air Ambulance who attended to him when he was taken ill. Donations can be given directly to the charity, to the church on the day of the funeral or directly to Chelmsford Star, Co-Operative Funeral Services of Danbury.

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