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Edwin Holt has sadly passed away

6 January 2017

A statement from the club at this sad time

We were deeply saddened to learn that Fleetwood Town's oldest and longest standing supporter Edwin (Eddie) Holt passed away peacefully earlier this week. He was 93 and had supported the club for over 70 years. 

Eddie was also one of Fleetwood's last surviving Second World War veterans. He was a proud member of the first battalion of the King's Own Royal Regiment and at the age of just 18 in 1942, became one of the famous "Desert Rats" fighting in the Western Desert of the Middle East. He and his battalion were captured however later that year by the advancing German army on the Greek island of Leros following a fierce battle and he spent the rest of the conflict as a prisoner of war at Stalag 8a in Munich. He was liberated and repatriated in 1945.

Eddie was a passionate advocate of the Armed Forces during peacetime, proudly representing them at countless remembrance services over many decades and fundraising for the Royal British Legion.

He was a devout Methodist and along with his long-time friend and Fleetwood Town club Chaplain Len Preston, who passed away a few years ago, was a familiar figure at Highbury to generations of supporters.

His proudest day in all his many years supporting his home town club was visiting Wembley in May 2014 for the League 2 play-off final. Resplendent in his club tie and a Lancashire red rose, he proudly watched Fleetwood's victory over Burton Albion from the Royal Box as a guest of the club.

Eddie was a quiet, humble man but he possessed a much understated sense of humour. Upon renewing his season ticket once again last summer, he said to the ticket office staff that at his age, he was worried he might not get full value from his ticket as he might not see out the season!

The thoughts of Chairman Andy Pilley and everybody at Fleetwood Town Football Club are with Eddie's son Mark and all his family and friends and he will be greatly missed by everybody at the club. 

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