THE York & District FA is mourning the passing of dedicated member Robert (Bob) Winspear, who died last Tuesday night at the age of 86.

Bob was still an active member of York City & District FA, attending the previous week's committee meeting to discuss the Fenby Benevolent Fund which he administered.

A recipient of the FA's 50-year award for services to football, Bob was also a York Minster Engineering League treasurer and life member, and chairman of Rawcliffe FC after having assisted in the merger with Rangers FC.

There, he also served as groundsman as well as caretaker of the Recreation Ground and hall - roles he undertook over the last 20 years.

Although a resident of Haxby, Bob was passionate about the football in Rawcliffe at all levels. Up until 1998, he had managed Rawcliffe FC while he had been instrumental in setting up and running Ardua FC in the early 1970s.

He was a key member of Rawcliffe Recreation Association and helped secure the funding for the new changing rooms and the floodlit multi-use games area at Rawcliffe.

Honorary secretary of the York FA Barry Casterton said: "Bob will be greatly missed by York football and all at Rawcliffe.

"Our thoughts are with Bob's wife, Jean, who no doubt will still carry the torch for Rawcliffe FC as a loyal spectator for many years."