Stalwart Bernie is mourned by Bognor

One of Bognor's longest-serving stalwarts has died.

Bernie Gumbrell, back row far left, in a Rocks line-up in 2005
Bernie Gumbrell, back row far left, in a Rocks line-up in 2005

Bernie Gumbrell served the club for more than 50 years, spending much of that time as kitman and carrying out a number of other roles around Nyewood Lane.

More recently Bernie was a regular at home matches and was a popular figure in the boardroom.

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He was given an award for his services to the club at the supporters' end-of-season awards bash a few years ago.

Bernie Gumbrell, left, receives an award a few years ago for his long-running service to the club

A Rocks statement said: "Our deepest sympathies are with Bernie’s wife Pam and the family. Rest in peace, Bernie."

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Bernie Gumbrell, left, receives a Rocks supporters' club award for his long service to BRTFC

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Bernie Gumbrell, back row far left, in a Bognor squad photo in 2005