The patron of Cambridge Football Club, Neil Stuttard, has died in Tauranga.
The long-time club member was a central figure at the Waikato club in the 1990s when the Cambridge first team was at its strongest in the then-Northern League’s first and second divisions.
He was assistant coach of the 1993 Cambridge team that went undefeated through the season, winning the Northern League second division. He then became first team coach for several seasons.
Club president Peter Martens said the club was saddened by the loss of Stuttard and extended its members’ condolences to the family and friends of “someone we’ll always remember fondly”.
“Neil played a big part as an assistant coach (to Grant Hastings), and as our first team coach, in what many of us regard as our Northern League glory years,” Martens said.
Stuttard’s sons Alex and Mark both played for Cambridge.
“He was a Burnley fan and loved his football,” Marten said.
Main photo: The Cambridge 1993 ‘unbeatables’, with Neil Stuttard (extreme left, back row).
Neil Stuttard’s funeral will be held at Charlemagne Lodge, 2 Loop Road, Te Puna, Tauranga, on Wednesday September 28, 2022. It starts at 2pm.
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