David was an International Politics Lecturer at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, and he originally got involved in local football supporting his two boys William and Daniel when they played in the Mini Minor League. David served that League well and when both boys started playing for Aberystwyth Town’s Youth and Reserves his support of those teams was unflinching. He acted as Taxi Driver, Linesman etc and his wisdom was always of use to those who ran the Teams.
When Aberystwyth Town FC became a Company Limited by Guarantee David became a Director. Not only was he a Director, but he together with Rhun Owens, Anthony Evans, David Evans and Donald Kane would spent two or three mornings a week at the Club sorting out the various facets of administration which was increasing considerably year on year. He was also an ever present at Tuesday night Board meetings where his good sense, advice and wit made him a very popular Director.
David was a people’s person and a good mixer, so all who met him at the Club enjoyed his company, and the occasional drink. He had lectured Donald Kane when the Chairman was a fresher at the University, and their friendship thrived over the years. Brian Pugh Jones together with David Hides loved him complimenting them on the matchday pitch, which was a day that David enjoyed.
He was an integral part in getting the University on board in 2002, when a project was launched to involve the Economics Department in their running of the Club, with their expertise and advice. However he will also be remembered by those who worked with him when Aberystwyth Town FC were researching a project to commemorate Players lost during the two Great Wars. David was an exceptional historian in his field and his lecture at the Club prior to the inauguration of the Memorial was greatly enjoyed by all. You can enjoy a clip of his lecture on Aber Town’s Youtube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xu0XP1iPpw.
David had been unwell for some three years and had battled hard. We will miss him greatly, a true friend and a true gent.
Everyone at the Club extends their deepest sympathies to David’s widow Rhiannon, his sons William and Daniel, and their extended family.
Written by David’s great friend Anthony Evans.