The Football Association of Wales is saddened to inform the Welsh football family that Past President Brian Fear has passed away.
Brian Fear joined the FAW in 1977 and was the longest serving member on Council. He served as President of the Association from 1994 to 1997.
Brian also represented the FAW on the UEFA Youth Committee during his many years of service.
For over five decades, Brian also served the Welsh Football League. He was elected to the Welsh League committee in 1965 as the youngest person to have ever done so and held the positions of vice-chairman and chairman.
He was renowned for his love of Aberdare Town in the Cynon Valley, where he spent 50 years serving as their club secretary before becoming a Life Vice-President. Aberdare also named a stand after him to recognise his services to the club.
In his local community of Aberaman, Brian was a leading member of the Church in Wales and was a fundraiser for the Cynon Valley Rotary Club, helping many local charities over the years.
In 2012, Brian was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his services to sport and to the community in Aberdare.
Brian was a true character of the game and his loss will be felt across Welsh football by the many friends he has made throughout his service for both club and the Association.
Steve Williams, FAW President, said: “Brian Fear’s commitment to the game in Wales has been exemplary and his uninterrupted service since 1977 is testament to that. He will be sorely missed by everyone at the Association.
“The thoughts of everyone connected to the FAW are with Brian’s family and friends at this sad time.”