Members of Mt Albert Ponsonby FC and the wider football community are mourning for Audrey Earl who has died in Auckland after a long struggle with cancer.
She was a Life Member at MAP and was a popular host to visitors to the club.
In an announcement from the club, MAP said:
“It is with a broken heart, that we pass on this news. Our beloved Life Member Audrey Earl (has) passed away peacefully.
“As always with Audrey, she was surrounded by the ones she loved.
“Audrey was a beautiful soul, a person who could make you feel welcomed at the club.
“Loud and positive, kind and engaging. You will be surely missed by many.”
The club sent its love and thoughts to Audrey’s husband, Keith, and their family, Jordan, Caitlin and all of the Earl whanau.
“You are one of a kind, Audrey. The world has lost a good one.”
National league teams to observe a minute’s silence
Neighbouring clubs have also posted tributes to her.
Auckland City’s chairman Ivan Vuksich said:
“Our football community has lost a special person who made a significant and valuable contribution to our game. Audrey’s legacy at Mt Albert-Ponsonby is unquestioned and she will always be remembered with fondness and love.”
“On behalf of everyone at Kiwitea Street our deepest condolences are extended to Keith, Jordan, Caitlin and all of Audrey’s friends and family.”
Central United’s president Mate Tolj said:
“I have a great affinity and deep respect for people who put all their hard work and effort into clubs and I know Audrey was one of those people.”
“I’ve known Keith personally for many years not just through football but also through the bowling fraternity and our deepest sympathies are with him and his family at this time.”
As a sign of respect, Auckland City’s players will wear black armbands during this Saturday’s National League Championship match at Kiwitea Street against Cashmere Technical.
The players of both teams will also observe a minute’s silence before kick-off to honour Audrey’s life.
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