It is with regret and deep sadness that London Broncos announce the passing of former Fulham RLFC owner Roy Close, who passed away on April 29th, at the age of 90 years old.
Roy and his wife Barbara were Fulham Football Club season ticket holders who were given free tickets for the first year of London RL, then named Fulham RLFC, for the upcoming matches to be played at Craven Cottage in 1980. Like so many others they loved the sport and actively sought to become more involved. Their earliest known involvement was to fund the signing of the player Steve Bayliss in 1982. When the team went into liquidation in 1984 they took control and Barbara went on to become the first ever female Chairman of a rugby league team.
There will be more details on this story as and when we get them and more about Roy’s involvement with the club.
Our heartfelt thanks go to former kit man Steve Magee for providing the information on Mr Close.