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Tributes to 'Mr Hardwicke' Rob Dawe of Hardwicke Rangers and AFC

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

  • Rob Dawe, Hardwicke Rangers and Hardwicke AFC stalwart

Comments (0) Dozens of tributes have been paid to a man known as 'Mr Hardwicke'.Rob Dawe, 63, was instrumental in coaching hundreds of youth over the past 20 years in Hardwicke - and bringing on youth football in the county.He died on Friday evening.Phil Addle, secretary of Hardwicke Rangers, said: "He knew so many people. Whenever you went anywhere with Rob, people were stopping him to say hello - people he had coached years ago."He saw two teams come through the club from a young age right up to the under 16s."But he loved coaching the really little ones and seeing them progress."He started a youth committee and loved youngsters to have their say."It was all about the players for Rob. It wasn't the parents or the supporters that were important, it was the players. He was always encouraging people and the youngsters responded to that."He said Rob had been club chairman for the past five years, and had also been heavily involved in Hardwicke AFC, the adult side, managing teams.Hardwicke Rangers was set up by his wife Sue in 1990, because there were no football sides in the county, and the club had gone from strength to strength with Rob managing the teams.It now is one of the most active youth sides in the county.A statement issued by Hardwicke Rangers said: "Firstly, the club would like to pass on its sincere condolences to Rob’s wife Sue, his two sons, Jamie and Andrew and his extended family and friends. Our thoughts are with you. "Rob Dawe was and always will be ‘Mr Hardwicke Rangers’. He and his wife Sue, who founded the club over 20 years ago, are highly respected not only in the local area but throughout the county for their commitment to grass roots football. "Rob has been the chairman of the club over five years, providing great leadership to the club committee whilst always retaining a brilliant rapport with all of the children who play for the club today or in the past." Last year Rob won an FA community award for his volunteer work after being nominated by the youth league.Phil added: "Anyone involved in youth football, particularly in Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean, knew Rob."The avid Tottenham Hotspur fan and dad of two was involved with the county FA Youth Council, the Gloucester Youth Association Football League and the County Cups Committee. He was a qualified referee. Send your tributes to citizen.news@glosmedia.co.uk or leave them below

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