Lincoln Griffins chairman David Lloyd dies only weeks after cancer diagnosis
A prominent figure in Lincolnshire ladies football has died just a week after receiving a shock cancer diagnosis.
David Lloyd, chairman of Lincoln Griffins Ladies Football Club, passed away on Thursday morning.
The 56-year-old, also known as Dave, had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just a week before.
Tributes from members of the club have already been pouring in following his death.
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Some players described him as “influential” and a “father figure”.
He had originally started a ladies football club back in 2000, so his daughter could get involved in the sport.
The shocked Lincoln Griffins team held a minute’s silence during a training session yesterday evening.
Alison Hukin, fundraiser for the club, said Mr Lloyds’ death came as a huge shock.
“It has been quite sudden, as he was only diagnosed a week ago,” she said.
“He did everything for the club. He wasn’t just the chair; he did the treasury and all sorts of roles.
“He wanted to be involved in everything, so he did everything.”
Ms Hukin said tributes from the wider public have already started flooding into the club and posted on social media.
“The tributes that have come in are fantastic,” she added.
“Everyone is recognising that girls’ football wouldn’t be same without him; it wouldn’t be where it is in the county without him.
“The shock of it all is so sudden, and he had so much to give us.”
Ms Hukin said many of the players have been hit hard by the news.
“Last night on Facebook the girls were all putting that they will make him proud and prove they are good footballers and do him proud on the pitch,” she said.
“It has made everyone more determined.”
Ms Hukin added that the club hopes to organise an event in his memory.
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