Minute's applause for Richard Bailey at Wycombe Wanderers v Doncaster Rovers game

Supporters will stage a minute’s applause for Doncaster Rovers club stalwart Richard Bailey at this afternoon’s match against Wycombe Wanderers following his shock death.

By Darren Burke
Saturday, 2nd April 2022, 10:16 am

Mr Bailey, who worked for the club in a number of roles for 30 years, died earlier this week at the age of 54.

Supporters are being asked to take part in a minute’s applause in the 54th minute of this afternoon’s game at Wycombe.

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Richard Bailey, who has died at the age of 54.

Club legend James Coppinger is the latest to pay tribute, sharing a picture of himself with Richard and writing on social media: “Gone but never forgotten, a selfless, kind, proud man who always had time for other people. Love to Clare and the family. Thinking of you all.”

Richard 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.

Club Doncaster chief operating officer Shaun Lockwood said: "This is a truly sad loss. We have lost one of our own.

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