South Belfast football club raise hundreds for charity in memory of dedicated former chairman

A South Belfast football club has raised hundreds for charity in memory of its former chairman who dedicated his life to the club.

Former Newtownbreda FC Chairman Billy Best passed away on March 15, 2024, bringing much sadness to all who knew him, and has been described as a "true gentleman" and "Breda legend" who rarely missed a game when he was at full health.

He served as treasurer for the club for 15 years before becoming its chairman, with him playing a huge part in developing the club into what it is today.

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Following his passing, Newtownbreda FC issued a statement saying: "Newtownbreda FC are saddened by the death of William John (Billy) Best, who passed away on the 15th of March 2024.

"Much loved husband and best friend of Barbara.

"Billy was an accountant by profession and a Committee Member of the Irish Churches League.

"Billy joined the Newtownbreda Committee when they were admitted to the NAFL as Club Secretary.

"His accountancy skills were of great benefit in looking after the fiscal matters.

"He served in this role for 15 years until illness caused him to move upstairs as Chairman, but despite his failing health, he rarely failed to attend games home or away until he was confined to his home with beloved wife Barbara."

On May 18, Newtownbreda held a special charity football match in Billy's memory with the club's over 28s facing off against the under 28s for the Billy Best trophy in aid of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, raising £310.

Chris Pollock of Newtownbreda FC said: "We were delighted to be able to raise £310 for NI Chest Heart and Stroke in memory of our former chairman Billy Best who was a hugely influential figure for many within the club.

"During my time at the club Billy was always a firm fixture who was always pushing us to do better and had such a strong commitment to everyone at Newtownbreda.

"We are very thankful to everyone who supported our charity match, especially our sponsors at The Four Winds and we hope that it can go some way in helping others."

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