BARNSLEY have revealed that membership proprietor Patrick Cryne has tragically handed away aged 66.
Cryne has been battling most cancers since November 2016, however has sadly misplaced his battle as he’s labelled because the ‘saviour’ by the Tykes.
In an official assertion, Barnsley stated: “Membership Custodian for 14 years and extensively regarded amongst the loyal fan base because the ‘saviour’ of the Membership since taking management in 2003, Mr Cryne has been held within the highest of regards each at Barnsley Soccer Membership and throughout the footballing world.
“Born and raised within the city of Barnsley, Mr Cryne’s earliest footballing recollections date again to over 60 years in the past the place a primary look at Oakwell together with his Uncle Ernest caught the creativeness, permitting for a lifetime of dedication to Barnsley Soccer Membership in any manner attainable. This dedication and love, actually earned Patrick the tag as ‘considered one of our personal.’
“Mr Patrick Cryne might be deeply and sadly missed by everyone linked to the Membership and we’re all sending our deepest condolences to his spouse Jean, son James and the remainder of his shut household.
“The Membership totally acknowledges that this information might be deeply upsetting to many individuals however we ask for privateness at this painful time.”
Cryne – who had been proprietor at Oakwell since 2003 – wrote an emotional letter to followers in September the place he revealed he was “dwelling on borrowed time.”
Whereas he additionally admitted he’s unlikely to be alive by the tip of the season.
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Earlier than finally passing, he managed to supervise the sale of the membership to a consortium involving Chien Lee and Billy Beane.
Cryne, a lifelong Barnsley fan, has witnessed his aspect obtain two promotions from League One in his reign as proprietor, in addition to triumphing within the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2016, whereas additionally seeing his aspect attain the FA Cup semi-finals in 2008.
His son James Cryne is a director of the brand new board in place at Oakwell, with the household sustaining a 20% stake within the membership.
And in different tragic information on Monday, 1966 World Cup winner Jimmy Armfield misplaced his personal battle with most cancers on the age of 82.