Wife’s tribute after death of ex-Gosport footballer

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Gosport football player who died after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

William Hall, who once played football for Gosport Borough Football Club, died on June 20, aged 80.

His football career came to an end after 30 years when he suffered an ankle injury.

Mr Hall was also known for his time running the Gosport Friends and Neighbours Club.

His wife Sheila, 81, of Southcroft Road, Gosport, said: ‘The best thing about him was his personality.

‘He never had cross words with anyone – until he was on the football pitch, anyway.

‘The Alzheimer’s came on quite suddenly and he didn’t recognise me or his daughters any more.

‘I’m glad his suffering is over. He was such an active man all through his life.’

The pair went to Privett School together and were married on March 1, 1952, after Mr Hall, who was known as Billy, completed his National Service.

Mr Hall’s funeral will be held at Portchester Crematorium on July 7 at 11.30am and all family and friends are welcome.

He leaves behind his wife, daughters Christine and Jane and son Bobby.

Donations can be made by cheque to the Alzheimer’s Society and sent to Co-operative Funeralcare, 147 Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1SE.