Cambrian News photographer - John Emyr James "was loved as a legendary character throughout Welsh football"

TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known character in Welsh football.

Cambrian News reported “John Emyr James was born in November 1946 and originally hailed from Ffostrasol.

He was known throughout Wales for his work as a financial consultant and business development officer with the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

He joined Aberystwyth Town Football Club’s matchday committee in 1989, going on to become a founding member of the new Board of Directors in 2000.

A club spokesperson said: “His roles included club treasurer and club secretary, and as the public face of Aberystwyth Town FC, Emyr was loved as a legendary character throughout Welsh football, his amiable personality and witty tongue endeared him to supporters and club officials the length and breadth of the country.

“The club has already received an astounding number of messages of condolence which bear this out.

“Everyone at Aberystwyth Town Football Club will miss Emyr terribly and our heartfelt condolences go out to Dulcie, Lowri, Gwion and his extended family who were such a wonderful support to him at the end of his life.”

A funeral service will take place at Seion Chapel, Baker St tomorrow at 11am, followed by a reception at Emyr’s beloved John Charles Lounge at the football club. A warm welcome is extended to all.

No flowers are requested but donations will be gratefully accepted for the Chemotherapy Unit at Bronglais Hospital” here.

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