Chichester City mourn death of last wartime player

The late Albert Ellis
The late Albert Ellis

Supporters and players of Chichester City men’s, ladies and under-18 football teams said farewell to the last ‘wartime’ player from their club.

Albert Ellis, who died a week ago last Sunday, played at Portfield FC - who merged with Chichester in the 1990s to form today’s club - for many years, either side of World War Two. The sad news of his death sees the disappearance of the City’s final link to that era.

Players and officials from all sections of the club observed a minute’s silence for Albert and, in memory of the colours he played in, wore black and amber armbands.

The club’s vice chairman Sean Forry said: “Albert was a much-loved and respected member of the community who was one of many past players that contributed much to the achievement of senior-status football in Chichester.

“He represented an important link between this club’s past and present and, at a time when we are putting more recent problems behind us and looking positively to the future, his sad death serves as a reminder to always remember and live up to the long and proud tradition of this club.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with Albert’s family.”