Fundraising campaign after death of Doncaster Rovers club stalwart Richard Bailey

A fundraising campaign has been set up by Doncaster Rovers fans to help the family of club stalwart Richard Bailey following his shock death.

By Darren Burke
Wednesday, 6th April 2022, 10:09 pm

Mr Bailey, who worked for the club in a variety of roles for more than 30 years, died last week at the age of 54, prompting an outpouring of tributes from shocked supporters, former players and ex-club chairman John Ryan.

Now a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to raise money for Mr Bailey’s widow Clare, who also works for the club, and son James.

Supporters are hoping to raise a minimum of £500 – but it is hoped the campaign, which you can support HERE will smash its target.

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A funding campaign has been set up for Clare Bailey, widow of Richard Bailey, following his shock death.

A post on the Crowdfunding page said: “Richard Bailey dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the club he loved and was Doncaster Rovers through and through.

“Richard was passionate about Doncaster Rovers and a familiar face to supporters, both at Belle Vue and the Keepmoat Stadium, and held a number of roles during his long association with the club.”

He began working in Doncaster Rovers’ Football in the Community in the early 1990s, initially as a community coach in schools.

He progressed through the ranks to become a community officer, overseeing the schools programme while Football in the Community evolved into the Foundation.He played a key role in establishing girls football within the club’s community programme alongside Eric Randerson.

Latterly, Richard held the title of health and wellbeing officer within the Foundation.

He continued to work for the club as an ambassador, guiding group experiences and, in particular, matchday mascots, for whom he provided in-depth tours of the Eco-Power Stadium. As well as working for the club, Richard was a passionate Rovers fan and a recognisable face on away trips.

Club Doncaster chief operating officer Shaun Lockwood said: "This is a truly sad loss. We have lost one of our own. Richard was a wonderful person and someone who has been synonymous with Doncaster Rovers for more than 30 years.

"Many fans today will have become supporters due to the wonderful work Richard delivered through Rovers in the community, the Foundation or as a club ambassador. He would always find time and make an effort to make every individual feel special and included.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends, as colleagues and supporters alike share our condolences.

“Please donate, if you are able to, in Richard's memory and to help his family at this time.”

His widow Clare is also a familiar face to supporters, working on the club’s main reception as well as making appearances as mascot Donny Dog during matchdays.

Supporters held a minute’s applause for Mr Bailey in the 54th minute of last weekend’s game at Wycombe Wanderers, with fans of both clubs joining in the tribute, as his photo was displayed on the big screen.

Doncaster Rovers Belles also paid tribute and further tributes are expected at this weekend’s game against Crewe Alexandra at the Eco Power Stadium.