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Brentford Football club's oldest fan, Bill Axbey has died just seven weeks short of his 103rd birthday. He had been unwell for a couple of months but succumbed to his illness last Friday.

Bill was a legend at the club partly for being older than Griffin Park itself. He was born on 14th June 1904, three months before the first game was played here.

When he was 95 he ran out as one of the Bees Mascots and at his 100th Birthday celebrations he wore the Brentford shirt with pride. Up until his recent illness Bill was a permanent fixture at every Brentford home game whether First team or Reserves making his own way from his home in West Ealing.

His Funeral will take place at 2pm on Monday 14th May at Mortlake Crematorium.

Following the Funeral there will be a Thanksgiving Service at 3pm that same afternoon at Pittshanger Methodist Church in Pittshanger Lane, Ealing.

Bill's family have asked that only members of the family send flowers, and those that so wish send donations to either Cancer Research UK or The Royal Star and Garter Home. These donations may be forwarded to Haven Funeral Services, 13 The Broadway, Gunnersbury Lane, London W3 8HR.

May 3, 2007