Rovers were saddened to hear of the death of two people connected with the club.
As reported in Saturday’s edition of ‘The Pirate’ we were disappointed to learn of the death, at the age of 90, of Harry Haddon, perhaps the oldest former Rovers player.
Whether or not he became the oldest surviving former Rovers player on Phil Taylor's death in December 2012 remains a mystery, as there is no record of Bert Winters or Geoff Taylor, similarly immediate post war players, who are both a matter of months older.
What is certain is that Harold Llewellyn Haddon played twice for Rovers at inside forward during the 1948/49 season. A constructive player, born in Cardiff on 8th April 1923, Haddon stood 5'6" and weighed in at eleven stone five pounds. Wartime service in the Royal Navy was cut short and he was in the Cardiff City reserve side for two years before signing professional forms in April 1946. Unable to break into the Bluebirds' side, he joined Bangor City and, in January 1947, Newport County, for whom his ten League games and a goal included an appearance in the side defeated 3-1 by Rovers at Eastville in September 1948.
On 6th January 1949, Haddon joined Rovers, but he left in August 1949 to start a nine year association with Trowbridge Town, as player and manager. He contributed over 200 goals for that club, this figure including 70 penalties, managed the side to the Western League title, the Western League Cup and Wiltshire Professional Shield in 1955/56 and also became the first Welshman to gain a full FA coaching award.
The eldest of five children to Chris Haddon and Catherine Grady, Harry Haddon married Yvonne Thomas in Neath in the autumn of 1947 and they had two daughters; they lived at Northleigh in Bradford-upon-Avon for over 50 years, during which time he was a schoolteacher in the town.
Harry Haddon died on 10th August 2013.
Today we learned of the death, on Saturday, of Robin Perry the 75 year old former Post Reporter.
Robin spent almost 40 years as a journalist with our local newspaper and spent the majority of those years covering Bristol Rovers.
During that time he built up close working relationships with a number of players and it is with regret that we report his passing, after a long illness.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of harry and Robin at this sad time.