It is with great sadness to learn that Penn & Tylers Green FC has lost a great friend, supporter member and stalwart over the weekend. Noel Reilly (77) passed away in hospital during the night of Saturday to Sunday as a result of what appears to be the dreadful Covid-19 pandemic.
Noel has been involved in the club, what seems to be for ever. He was omnipresent and there was nothing Noel would not do. Together with his wife Eva, who for a number of years served the post-match meals to the players and match officials, the Reilly’s became a feature of our club and it is sad they are no longer around (Eva passed away four years ago).
Whether it was serving on the committee, or coming to the club during the day and somehow making the washing machine work, so that the players’ kit was clean and dry for the weekend or whether the pitches needed marking or whether the pipes needed cleaning on Fridays in the beer cellar to make sure the pints served in the clubhouse were pristine, we could always rely on Noel.
Club members of a certain age will also fondly remember the club music nights, when Noel would entertain us with his songs and guitar playing. Noel never forgot his heritage and his banter with anyone sharing his Irish roots (including the club secretary’s sons when they were players at the club) was always highly entertaining.
To quote just a few committee members: “Noel was a legend, a character, a top bloke and we will miss him sat on his stool at the corner of the clubhouse bar”.
Noel was always approachable and would relish passing the time with anyone and everyone at the bar. Those times will be missed by all who knew Noel. RIP Noel