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CLUB: Farewell to a dear friend

4 March 2016

Club mourns the passing of a great man

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of club director and personal friend Richard ‘Dick’ Young following a short battle with illness in recent months.

Richard, 75, eldest son of former-United manager and trainer Dick Young, was a long-term servant of Carlisle United having both played in the club’s Reserve A Team as a young man and, latterly, having given many years of service in the commercial department as Commercial Director and Business Club Developer. 

Chairman Andrew Jenkins said: “Dick really was Mr Carlisle United. He was a friend to everyone who met him and carried a huge amount of weight and respect within the business community, and with the club’s supporters.

“He held a massive love for the club and was a popular figurehead within our commercial set-up. I spent many long hours talking about football and many other issues with Dick, inside and outside the boardroom, and there is a huge sense of loss having received this news.

“We have known about the illness he was fighting against but, out of respect to his wishes and those of his family, we have not discussed this within the public arena. 

“The club has lost a great man and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Close friend and fellow club director Norman Steel said: “I first got to know Dick in the 60’s and we became firm friends. That’s how it has remained ever since.

“He was one of those people where you always felt better for being in his company. He had a great way of speaking to people at all levels and consequently he was held in extremely high regard by all sections of the community, especially the football fraternity.

“He will be a huge miss on a personal level and, speaking on behalf of everyone at the club, I know they endorse this sentiment.”

The players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute of applause in memory of Dick at Saturday's home game against Northampton Town.

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