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Remembering Harold 'Buster' Footman

The club was saddened to hear about the passing of Harold ‘Buster’ Footman.

Buster joined the club under manager Joe Jordan in 1988 where he spent a decade in the club’s medical department and later he became the first team kit man.

He served his testimonial year in 1999 with a testimonial match held in his honour in September 2000 against Manchester United’s U21s.

A proud and quiet man, Buster served in the Royal Marines prior to his involvement with City.

He pledged a lifetime of support to raising money for ex-servicemen as well as a number of other children and adult charitable causes. Even whilst at City, he used the medical room facilities to provide physiotherapy treatment for ex-servicemen and serving personnel.

His many charity efforts – which included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, 100-mile coastal walks and a Lands’ End to John O’Groats relay race - raised more than £100,000 over the years.

City President Marina Dolman shared her memories of Buster. She said: “I remember he would get on the coach and play old war songs, this was when we were going through a rough patch. Just to instil a bit of fun in the players when we were in a bad patch of form.

"He was also well known for wearing his white t-shirt, no matter the weather! He would always run on the pitch like that. I once saw him without his t-shirt at a function. He was dressed normally and I didn’t recognise him! He came up to me, I looked at him and thought who is this man?

"He was a great human being, always with a smile - that was the most wonderful thing about him. He never said no to helping people."

Buster passed away on Sunday evening (May 17th), following illness. The club sends its best wishes to Buster’s friends and family at this difficult time.