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Football fan leaves small fortune to amateur club

Amateur side Hallam Football Club has received an unexpected financial boost after inheriting a six figure sum from a loyal supporter’s will.

The Koolsport Northern Counties East League Premier Division side had no idea that it was named in the will of Roger Bell, a follower of the team for the last twenty years.

Chairman David Slater said: "Roger was a supporter for 20 years who would go to home matches and some aways. I believe he had no family, which is perhaps why he left his estate to the development of our ground. He never told anybody at the club he was going to do what he did, it came completely out of the blue. Roger was a popular man; he loved his football but never got over-excited.”

The money will help to secure the future of Hallam which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The team currently plays on the oldest ground in the world but can now press ahead with planned redevelopments.

Slater added: "He believed in our philosophy and plans for the future and his money will help us build a £280,000 visitors centre, hopefully next year."

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