Swindon man remembered as 'advocate' for grassroots football

Tributes have been paid to a prominent figure in grassroots football.

Colin Nunn was a referee and "advocate" for grassroots football teams, and worked for Swindon Town Football Club for almost three decades in various roles.

The 51-year-old died from cancer on 15 March, his 24-year-old step-daughter, Danielle Jones, announced.

"He was the best dad that I could have asked for - he would go above and beyond for all of us," she said.

Although Mr Nunn had "all the credentials" to progress in refereeing, he stayed working with grassroots clubs where he helped young male and female players take their first steps into the football industry, she said.

Callum Knowles, the club photographer at Swindon Town, knew Mr Nunn for more than 10 years.

"All of the players and all of the fans adored him," Mr Knowles said.

In a statement on X, Swindon Town Football Club said: "All at Swindon Town are saddened to learn of the passing of one of our colleagues, Colin Nunn.

"Colin has been a part of the team at Swindon Town Football Club for over 30 years as well as a supporter his whole life.

"Thoughts and condolences are with Colin's family and friends at this time."

'Best possible send-off'

Mr Nunn's family is raising money to give him "the best possible send-off that he deserves".

More than £2,900 has been raised so far. Ms Jones said any left over funds will be donated to Prospect Hospice, who helped to care for him in his final days.

"We feel like we owe them a lot because of how well they looked after my dad", Ms Jones said.

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