Cambridge City Football Club pays tribute to life-long supporter Phillip Moore from March - 'he was a true gentleman'
A local football club is in mourning following the death of one of its lifelong supporters in a road crash yesterday morning (Wednesday).
Phillip Moore, 66, of High School closse, died in a four vehicle accident on the A141 near Wheelhead farm at around 5.10am.
In a statement Cambridge City Football Club vice-chairman Terry Dunn, described Mr Moore as a "one of the best and a true gentleman".
The statement said Mr Moore was a life-long supporter of the Lilywhites who had many friends at the club where he was always a regular at home matches and on Saturday there will be minute's silence prior to the home game against Sutton Coldfield in his memory.
It went on to describe Mr Moore's passion and loyalty for the club, which he was desperate to see succeed. He would always speak about his fond memories of years gone by when City would attract several thousand supporters during the 1960s to their old Milton Road ground, and like many others was looking forward with excitement to the new ground being built at Sawston.
Mr Dunn, who was a long standing friend of Mr Moore's said: “I speak on behalf of everyone connected with Cambridge City when I say how shocked, stunned and saddened we are with regards the tragic death of Phil Moore. Phil was known to many of our supporters by first of all being a loyal fan on the terrace but also as chairman of the old supporters club during the 1990s. Phil would often talk about his first visit to Milton Road which was the inaugural floodlight game against West Ham United in February 1959.
"Over the years he would volunteer for various roles at the club and I can remember when I first knew him he would travel all the way from his home in March to do decorating tasks at the club during the summer. He would support social events and also worked as a turnstile operator and loved the big games and would wear his City scarf with great pride.
"He simply loved Cambridge City. He was so looking forward to the new ground at Sawston and I am just so sad and devastated that the club has not just lost such a dedicated supporter, but also one who will not be there with everyone else to see the launch of a new era for the club”.
"He was one of the best, a true gentleman who had time for everyone. There are no words for his family, friends, and colleagues but we share in their grief and we send our sincere condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with them at such a difficult time”
Police are appealing for information following to the collision which involved Mr Moore's blue Toyota Hybrid car, a Scania HGV and a DAF HGV and a JCB tractor.
The two lorry drivers were uninjured while the tractor driver, a 34-year-old from Chatteris, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention whilst under the influence, a police spokesman confirmed he has since been released under investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicle sinvolved just prior is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 43 of the 28 November. Alternatively, you can report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report.