We are saddened to learn of the passing of Roy Merryweather at the age of 81.
Roy served Slough Town in various capacities from 1998 through to 2016, but was perhaps best known in local football for his time as player and manager at Wokingham Town, where he is considered an icon.
He started his football career at Chelsea in the late 1950s, but suffered injuries in a serious car accident and moved into the non-league game. Roy played for Wokingham Town in the 1960s and managed the club during its most successful times in the 1980s and 1990s. His tenure as manager started in 1975 and continued for over 20 years, making him one of the longest serving managers in English football. Before this, he was successful in management in local football with Peppard.
He went on to serve Wokingham in most capacities, being instrumental to the growth of the community football club now in place.
Roy joined Slough Town as Secretary / General Manager when the club joined the Isthmian League in 1998. He remained loyal and dedicated during difficult times for the club in the late 1990s and 2000s and served in various roles right up to our first match at Arbour Park in 2016.
Following the departure of Steve Bateman as manager in 2013, Roy recommended our current managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood to Steve Easterbrook during the process of selecting the new management team.
He also made a massive contribution to our national game, not least by founding and becoming chairman of the Allied Counties Youth League in 1984, a position he held for over 35 years.
Jon Underwood played for Wokingham Town under Roy’s management and had the following to say:
“I was really sorry to hear this news today. I came through the youth set up at Wokingham and got to know Roy and his family well. They were all lovely people who made it a real family club at that time and I loved my time there.
My thoughts go out to Roy’s wife Mary along with Kevin, Karen and Sharon.”
All at Slough Town Football Club echo Jon’s sentiments, and we extend our condolences to Roy’s family and friends at this difficult time.
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