Condolences flood in after Newcastle Town announce passing of chairman

The Staffordshire football community has been sending in its condolences to non-league club Newcastle Town following the news that their chairman has passed away after a short illness.

Paul Ratcliffe first took over the Castle reins in the 2006/07 season.

Three seasons later, he would see his club win promotion to Step 4 of the non-league pyramid (or Step 8 of the National League System).

The team also went on to lift the Staffs Senior Cup for the first time in its history at Vale Park.

In the 2012/13 campaign, he guided them to their first Sentinel Cup since 1995 but stepped down the following season as he was replaced by Jeff Harrall.

Mr Ratcliffe returned to the hot seat in the 2018/19 season as Mr Harrall became finance director.

They helped to secure a major sponsorship deal to change the name of the club’s home ground to The Red Industries Stadium, with major refurbishment works carried out.

Mr Ratcliffe saw the last two seasons curtailed amid Covid-19 but watched his side return to full-throttle action this campaign with spectators allowed in once again.

In a club statement on Wednesday, Newcastle Town said: “It is with deep regret that the club announces the death of its chairman Paul Ratcliffe after a short illness.

“Paul will be remembered fondly at the club he transformed during his tenure.

“Our condolences go out to all his family and friends at this especially sad time.”


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Staffordshire football community mourns with Newcastle

A number of fellow Staffordshire clubs sent messages of condolences to all those at Newcastle, including Mr Ratcliffe’s family.

Stoke City: Everyone at the club sends their deepest condolences to Paul’s friends and family at this difficult time.

Hanley Town: We send our deepest sympathies to the club and of course Paul’s family.

Stafford Town: Very sad news. Our thoughts at this time are with Paul’s family and friends and everyone at Newcastle Town Football Club. Rest in Peace, Paul.

Kidsgrove Athletic: Our thoughts are with Paul’s family, friends and everyone at Newcastle Town FC. Rest In Peace, Paul.

Leek Town: The club would like to offer their sincerest condolences to Paul’s family at this very sad time. We are here to support our friends and wider community at Newcastle Town FC if needed.

Other clubs from afar also sent in their prayers and well-wishes…

Congleton Town: We send our deepest sympathies to the club and of course Paul’s family.

Nantwich Town: Our thoughts are with Paul’s family and friends at this difficult time. RIP Paul.

Stockbridge Park Steels: Our deepest condolences to you and his family and friends in this time.

Market Drayton Town: Deepest condolences to Paul’s family and friends from Chairman Mick Murphy and everyone at Market Drayton Town

Everyone at Sport in Staffs sends their heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mr Ratcliffe.

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