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Rhino leads tributes to David

He was a warm, kind and engaging companion.

21 December 2021

Wanderers legend Keith Ryan has paid tribute to David Roberton following the sad news that David has passed away at the age of 73.

'Rhino' joined David and Keith Scott on the 'Football To Amsterdam' cycle challenge to the Dutch capital in 2016, raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Keith said:

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of David.

I spent a wonderful weekend with him in 2016 as we cycled to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer.

He was a warm, kind and engaging companion.

He showed great courage to complete the 140-mile ride, as I know he did in his fight against cancer.

His passion for the football club that we both love was always so evident. He will be sadly missed; all my love to his family.

Rhino x

Other tributes:

David was a special kind of Wanderer; one who showed tremendous dedication to every part of Wycombe Wanderers. He served the boards of the Club, Trust and Sports & Education Trust, and was instrumental in supporting the women’s teams, Ex-Players Association, volunteer programme and fan groups. Above all, he was a great man, liked and respected by so many, and Missy and I were saddened to learn of his passing. Our thoughts are with his family and we will be glad to help them honour David’s memory in any way that we can.” - Rob Couhig, WWFC Chairman

"David was more than just a colleague on the Trust Board as we worked together in that role for over ten years. He became a personal friend, always putting others before himself and going out of his way to offer help and support. David loved cycling and playing golf though would always be the first to admit he was better at the former. As a Trust Director he stuck to his own beliefs and won respect from others for doing so. He was the first to volunteer to help serve at the real ale counter to alleviate staff shortages and long queues, though his hour-long journey home prevented him enjoying a drink himself. David fought his final battle with great dignity and privacy, whilst continuing to offer support to all those parts of the ‘Wycombe Wanderers family’ that meant so much to him. He will be sorely missed." - Alan Cecil, WW Trust Director

"So sad news about David, he was one of our regulars in the upper car park on match days. Always stopped to shake hands and have a quick chat. Reminded of him every time I see the place on the verge where he used to park his Merc. God bless and rest in peace." - Alan Hodgson

"If I can contribute a fraction of the good work that Dave achieved for WWFC I would be happy; he was a great man. My thoughts are with both his and his wider WWFC family." - Jeff Brydon

"So sad to hear of David’s passing. He was one of a kind, the nicest of men. Not many people will know how hard he battled to take the club through to fan ownership and beyond. He was responsible for helping Gareth with many key signings at a time the club had very little funding to play with. Above all a true gentleman and one of the kindest I have ever known. RIP David." - Don Woodward, WWFC Chairman 2012-14

"Such a lovely man, always smiling and very supportive when I undertook a 100km bike ride in 2017. He will be sorely missed." - Jenny Priest 

"I am very sad to hear of the passing of David Roberton. Many have  talked of his love of WWFC and he supported the club in so many ways. I got to know David through his involvement as a Trustee of WWSET. He brought a calm authority to the role, he had a good business brain and he was always keen to support the Charity and to help it make a difference within the Wycombe community. He was excellent at linking his roles across the Football Club always seeking ways for the Club, Trust and WWSET to become better coordinated in joint initiatives. A true gentleman. He faced his last, and biggest, battle with a calm optimism and his leaving will be felt by all who knew him. With deepest condolences to his family." - Steve Edgar, Former Chairman of the WWSET Trust Board

"David was a true gentleman and a key member of the Trust Board, which was responsible for the Club from 2012 to 2020. He always had the best interests of the Club at heart and will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with his family." - Trevor Stroud, Director

"It was with great sadness that I heard today that David Roberton had passed away. He was a great friend and huge help to the Wycombe football family and gave his time and energy selflessly. My condolences at this difficult time to his loved ones on behalf of Wycombe Wanderers Trust and from Nan and I personally. RIP David, you will be missed." - Nigel Kingston, WWT Chair

"Having coached the women's first team and managed the women's under 18s I worked closely with David over my time at Wycombe Wanderers Women. He was incredibly passionate about the women's side of the club and could often be seen on both Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons supporting the u18s and first team. His love of the football club at every level shone through and he'll be sadly missed but very fondly remembered." - Sam Hayward, former WWFC women coach

It was very saddening to hear about the passing of David Roberton; he was a true football man with a kind heart who served WWFC with great distinction. I especially remember doing the London to Amsterdam bike ride with David and Keith Ryan. We spent two days together and It was good to share a beer and conversation with him. God bless and RIP David.” - Keith Scott, ex-player

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