WEST BROM followers, workers and former gamers have paid tribute after their membership mascot tragically died forward of the match towards Everton.
Richard Eades, who was a father of two aged 42, handed away earlier than the Boxing Day fixture at The Hawthorns.
Eades has dressed up as Albi the mascot for 14 years and ran the West Brom supporters’ membership Boing FC.
A Baggies assertion stated: “Albion are mourning the lack of long-serving worker Richard Eades, who has handed away on the age of simply 42.
“Richard, pictured left, launched into virtually 30 years’ service on the Membership as a 14-year-old – working as a member of the bottom workers after which the teaching workers earlier than taking over the roles of a number of Albion mascots, together with ‘Baggie Chook’, ‘Baggie Junior’, and, from 2007, ‘Albi’.
“He additionally performed, coached and was supervisor of ‘Boing FC’ – Albion’s official supporters’ soccer crew. Wealthy was a highly-respected Birmingham County FA referee.
“He amassed many pals at The Hawthorns, all of whom had been shocked and deeply saddened by his premature loss of life.
“The ideas of all at West Bromwich Albion are together with his fiancé Carly and his two younger youngsters, Lily-Mae, eight, and Archie, three.
“The Membership pays a full tribute to the much-loved father of two and Albion devotee earlier than the New 12 months’s Eve fixture towards Arsenal.”
Information of his loss of life broke earlier than the match towards Everton on Tuesday, the Birmingham Mail report.
Tributes have poured in on social media for Eades.
Former Albion defender Paul Robinson tweeted: “So unhappy to only hear the information that Richard Eades has sadly handed away. My ideas and prayers exit to his household at this troublesome time.”
His match-day companion Dave Challoner, who clothes up as Baggie Chook, posted an image of the pair collectively and stated: “Sorry guys it true. Thanks for all of the messages sleep simple @Richard_Eades.”
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West Brom’s U23 coach James Shan posted: “God bless and should you relaxation in peace. I can’t consider the information, upset is a understatement! God relaxation your soul.”
And the social media tributes did not cease there with followers displaying their love.
One supporter wrote: “Can’t clarify how i reacted once I noticed the information about you leaving us. High banter, high man, not a foul bone in his physique. Relaxation simple huge man.”
One other posted: “Shocked and saddened to listen to of the passing of @Richard_Eades Gone far to quickly – one of many nicest guys I’ve ever labored with. RIP Eadsey.”