Tributes paid to ‘real club man’ John

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A well-known figure in the Haverhill football community has died after a battle with cancer.

Ben Cowling, Haverhill Borough chairman, said Mr Roper had been involved with the club for three years and would drive the team bus, run the line for the reserves and sell raffle tickets as well as a host of other jobs.

“He was a real club man and could not do enough to help out,” said Mr Cowling.

“He will be sadly missed.”

Mr Cowling said Mr Roper had recently been given the all-clear from cancer, but suffered a relapse.

“He had started getting back involved with the club, then about four weeks ago he suddenly went downhill and went back into hospital and never came out,” said Mr Cowling.

Former chairman Barry Geoghegan said Mr Roper had played a huge role helping out at Borough.

“I was in the job as chairman when John came to us and he wasn’t a normal volunteer, he was special,” said Mr Geoghegan.

“You could not ask for a better volunteer at any club. He is a great loss to Haverhill Borough and Rovers.

“My thoughts are with his family.”