FRED WILLIAMS, among the most significant behind-the-scenes figures at Tranmere Rovers over the past half century, has died.
A former chairman, a director of the club through four decades and a lifelong Rovers supporter, Williams died last week at the age of 83, nine years after suffering a stroke that left him partially paralysed.
Williams, Birkenhead born and bred, ran four companies in the construction, heating and ventilation business prior to his retirement. He saw action in an artillery regiment with the British Army during the Korean War in the 1950s.
A Tranmere fan since boyhood, he served on the board at Prenton Park during the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s and was chairman between 1998 and 1999. During those years he gave up much of his time and expertise to improving the infrastructure at Prenton Park and helping the club run efficiently. He was a well-known and popular figure in Birkenhead and at the football club. He was responsible for exposing the financial issues that left the Wirral club on the brink of collapse in September 1998.