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Fond memories of former Burton Albion captain Bert 'Nobby' Hadfield

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Alanna Lintin

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FOND memories have been shared of a former Burton Albion player who has died.

Bert 'Nobby' Hadfield passed away peacefully on July 23. He leaves behind his wife, two daughters, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Nobby was a founder player at Burton Albion, starting out in 1950 as the club's first ever captain. He made 274 appearances over a seven-year spell.

This week, the club paid tribute to his service with a minute's applause before the friendly fixture against Derby County.

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Burton Albion said the club was "saddened to learn that club legend Bert 'Nobby' Hadfield has passed away" and would like to pass their condolences to his family.

Away from the football field, he was a devoted family man. He met his wife Cath when he was 15 and the pair went on to marry three years later. They would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary next month.

His daughter Sandra Jarvis described him as the "number one dad".

She said: "He was the best man I have ever known. He was honest, honourable and kind and can't be faulted as a husband or father.

"He always took the time for anyone who needed him. He'd stop what he was doing and listen – you don't find that often any more.

"In football terms they referred to him as 'the rock' and he was the rock of our family, too."

Maurice Edwards, a former Albion scout, also paid tribute.

He said: "The Burton Albion success story, as it is today, has a lot of credit to Nobby.

"Thank you Nobby for what you did for me and also the great servant you were to Burton Albion, the beginning of where they are today."

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