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Obituary: Bob Millard 1927 - 2015

Bob MillardIt is with great sadness that we report the death of the FPA's oldest member.

Bob Millard passed away on the 30th September, aged 88.

For many years he suffered from Mesothelium, a Cancer developed from Bob's time working as a Welder in the Ship yards during the 1940's.

Amongst a large family, he leaves wife Pat and three sons Kevin, Shaun and Ian.

Bob was born in South Shields, and after spending his early years working on the Tyne, he joined his first club Middlesbrough. But it was from Blyth Spartans that Reading manager, Ted Drake, signed him in the summer of 1949 for the princely sum of £100.

Bob played as an inside forward during the 1949/50 season making his debut in the 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in September 1949. Two of Reading's goals that afternoon were scored by Reading legend Ronnie Blackman with the other by Wales international Bryn Allen

Whilst residing in Reading, and before moving to his home in Barton-on- sea, Bob founded Mapledurham FC in Caversham for kids. One of his early recruits was a young player by the name of… Lawrie Sanchez.

After leaving Elm Park, Bob joined Walsall where he won the 3rd Division South with them in 1950/51.

Bob's widow Pat and his son Shaun, were guests of Reading FC Co-Chairman Sasima Srivkorn at last Saturdays home match with Charlton Athletic.

Our sincerest condolences go to Pat, Kevin, Shaun, Ian and their families.

In this 1949/50 team photo, Bob is seated on the extreme left of the front row.

27 October 2015

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