Tributes paid to ‘absolute gentleman’ and ‘great friend’ David Gold after West Ham co-chairman’s death


Tributes were paid to West Ham co-chairman David Gold after his death at the age of 86.

Gold, who died Wednesday morning after a short illness, was born in Stepney and played for the Irons men’s team.

Following a successful business career, which also included a stint in the Birmingham boardroom, Gold became co-chairman of the Premier League club in 2010 alongside David Sullivan following a successful takeover.

Sullivan spoke of the club’s “profound sadness” as he announced the death of his longtime friend and business partner, with condolences from clubs, officials and players shortly afterwards.

Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady also worked with Gold in Birmingham.

She wrote on Twitter: “To a great man, a great friend for over 30 years and a true gentleman, you will be missed. Rest in peace x.”

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has paid tribute to an “absolute gentleman”.

Parish wrote on Twitter: “Terrible news, David was an absolute gentleman, he always had kind words and support for me when things were tough.

“He knew how to win with grace and lose with dignity. He loved football and he loved his club. I will miss him. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. »

Former players also recalled fond personal memories of Gold’s time in football.

“Mr. Gold was one of my favorites at the club,” former Hammers striker Carlton Cole wrote on social media.

“He always had time for me and wanted me to win in life. A very kind and warm man. Thank you for the conversations and the memories. RIP.”

Tony Cottee scored 146 goals in 336 appearances during his two stints with the east London club.

“I am sad to hear the news of David Gold’s death,” the former England striker wrote on Twitter. “He was a kind man who cared passionately about West Ham. RIPDavid.

Gold had previously served as Birmingham chairman before selling his shares in the club in 2009. Curtis Woodhouse recalled the support Gold showed him when he was with the Blues.

“I had a tough time at BCFC and when everyone was trying to kick me out David reached out to try to help me out,” said the former midfielder who turned professional boxer.

“It meant a lot to me then, but even more to me now that I’m older and understand. RIPDavid.

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Former Blues striker Clinton Morrison wrote on social media: “Such sad news RIP David. He looked after me and my family when I signed for Birmingham City, I felt the welcome to the club.

“Such a nice guy who sends thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”

Birmingham sent its condolences to Gold’s family.

“The club are devastated to learn of the passing of former chairman David Gold at the age of 86,” read a statement from Birmingham on Twitter.

“Our thoughts are with his daughters Jacqueline and Vanessa, and his fiancée Lesley at this incredibly difficult time.”

The Football Association said in a message on Twitter: “We send our deepest condolences to David’s family, friends and everyone at West Ham United at this very sad time.”

Additional reports by AP.

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