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Crystal Palace FC's president Peter Morley dies in hospital, aged 84
4:03pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
CRYSTAL Palace fans have expressed their sorrow at the news the club’s president Peter Morley died last night.
The 84-year-old died peacefully in his sleep at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough.
On Twitter this afternoon the club’s co-chairman Steve Parish wrote: “Terribly sad news that club President Peter Morley has passed away. Thoughts are with Paula and Alex, he will be greatly missed by us all.”
And supporters have responded by posting on Eagles message boards and social networking sites.
On the Crystal Palace FC website forums Godstone Eagle wrote: “Terrible news...a great servant to our club, RIP Peter..a true Palace man! Thoughts with his family.”
And Strolling Bones said: “Peter morley has been a part of palace ever since i can remember reading my first programme notes, red and blue blood and a terrific stalwart . respect.”
Mr Morley was appointed chairman during the club's administration in the late nineties and in 2000 was delighted to accept the role of club president, a position he held until his death.
He had a number of roles for the club over many years including serving for several years as chairman of the Vice Presidents Club.
Educated at Oundle School in the East Midlands, he left to run his father's drapery business and later qualified in personnel management , eventually becoming personnel director at Tesco. In 1994 he was awarded the CBE for his services to vocational training .
He took a keen interest in many sports including motor racing, cricket and football and was often seen at Lingfield Park following the horses .
A Crystal Palace spokesman said: “He will be sadly missed by all at the club and condolences are sent to wife Paula and daughters Fran and Alex.”
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