Tiptree stalwart Fred Byles dies

TIPTREE United stalwart Fred Byles has died.Byles had suffered an enforced absence from the Essex club over the past couple of seasons due to the deterioration in his health.

TIPTREE United stalwart Fred Byles has died.

Byles had suffered an enforced absence from the Essex club over the past couple of seasons due to the deterioration in his health.

A previous chairman and extremely active member of the club for many years, Byles was well known on the local football scene both as an official and, in his younger days, an accomplished player.

Byles was a local man who, after retirement, maintained an association with his work colleagues at Wilkin & Sons Jam Factory where he had been employed in the fruit fields and also as gang-master during the influx of summer fruit pickers for home and abroad.

The club held a minute's silence in memory of Byles at their home match against Ely City on Saturday.

Tiptree United spokesperson Anthony Buckby said: “The club would like to their condolences to Fred's family and his many friends.”

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