Tributes flood in for much-loved Bury fan Keith Freeman

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BURY Football Club have joined scores of well-wishers to pass on their condolences to the family of much-loved Shakers fan Keith Freeman, who died suddenly yesterday (Sunday, January 12).

The former landlord of the Waterloo pub, in Manchester Road, had been a loyal supporter for many years.

“Keith Freeman was a fan in every sense of the word, and a great friend of the club,” said a spokesman for Bury.

“Keith would often take young players under his wing, especially if they came from out of the area.

“He will be greatly missed by everyone at the JD Stadium and our deepest condolences are offered to the family and friends of a great Shaker.”

Former Bury player Jamie Hoyland reiterated those sentiments.

“I remember him from my playing days, and more recently he sat just in front of me in the main stand at the JD,” said Hoyland.

“He was such a lovely fella and I know he will be sadly missed by everyone connected to the club.”

David Giffard, chairman of Forever Bury, said Freeman played a big part in the evolution of the supporters group, allowing them to meet at his pub and pass around a collection bucket in the club's darker days.

“It is very sad news about Keith – he was Bury FC through and through,” added Giffard.

Supporters and fans groups are now leading calls for a minute’s applause in his honour to be held at Bury's next home game against Burton Albion on Saturday.

 

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9:17am Tue 14 Jan 14

clogger140 says...

Bye Bye Keith

My thoughts are with Margaret Amanda, and Darren at this very sad time.

Bob Johnson China
Bye Bye Keith My thoughts are with Margaret Amanda, and Darren at this very sad time. Bob Johnson China clogger140
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10:48am Tue 14 Jan 14

shakingallover says...

No bigger Shakers fan than you Keith, they were the blood in your veins ... you will be sadly missed by all who knew you. A gentleman, in every sense of the word. Thoughts are with Margaret, Amanda and Darren. God bless old friend.
No bigger Shakers fan than you Keith, they were the blood in your veins ... you will be sadly missed by all who knew you. A gentleman, in every sense of the word. Thoughts are with Margaret, Amanda and Darren. God bless old friend. shakingallover
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1:30pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Eileenshakers says...

It's always sad to read that the club has lost a devoted fan such as you Keith and also a former player as in the case of Bobby Collins.

Now your spirit will be free from this rather horrible,predictable and vile world that we exist in.R.I.P. and much love to your loved ones.
It's always sad to read that the club has lost a devoted fan such as you Keith and also a former player as in the case of Bobby Collins. Now your spirit will be free from this rather horrible,predictable and vile world that we exist in.R.I.P. and much love to your loved ones. Eileenshakers
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1:52pm Tue 14 Jan 14

shakingallover says...

Keiths world wasn't horrible, predictable or vile ..... Keiths world was full of generosity of spirit and sunshine, which he shared with anyone who came into his company. At last he's got the best seat in the house now ... RIP Keith.
Keiths world wasn't horrible, predictable or vile ..... Keiths world was full of generosity of spirit and sunshine, which he shared with anyone who came into his company. At last he's got the best seat in the house now ... RIP Keith. shakingallover
  • Score: 4

1:59pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Eileenshakers says...

shakingallover wrote:
Keiths world wasn't horrible, predictable or vile ..... Keiths world was full of generosity of spirit and sunshine, which he shared with anyone who came into his company. At last he's got the best seat in the house now ... RIP Keith.
You took my words completely out of context mate, i was merely pointing out that we all live in a pretty imperfect world.Typical of some complete nonentity to spoil my dedication to a true supporter.
[quote][p][bold]shakingallover[/bold] wrote: Keiths world wasn't horrible, predictable or vile ..... Keiths world was full of generosity of spirit and sunshine, which he shared with anyone who came into his company. At last he's got the best seat in the house now ... RIP Keith.[/p][/quote]You took my words completely out of context mate, i was merely pointing out that we all live in a pretty imperfect world.Typical of some complete nonentity to spoil my dedication to a true supporter. Eileenshakers
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1:48am Wed 15 Jan 14

shakingallover says...

1) I'm not, and never will be your mate. 2) Your negativity while talking about a man who's personality was a beacon of optimism (you have to be supporting the Shakers) and happiness struck a discordant note. He would tell you waht I'm telling you .... keep it to yourself.
1) I'm not, and never will be your mate. 2) Your negativity while talking about a man who's personality was a beacon of optimism (you have to be supporting the Shakers) and happiness struck a discordant note. He would tell you waht I'm telling you .... keep it to yourself. shakingallover
  • Score: -1

6:40am Wed 15 Jan 14

clogger140 says...

I have known Keith, for more years than I care to remember, always Bury first, from Selling the weekly prize draw tickets at work {Ashworths slippers}, which we both did, to helping in whatever way he could. No one was more proud of Bury FC.

Rest in Peace Ketih and kick a few balls around with some of the former players we knew who are up there now.

Bob Johnson China
I have known Keith, for more years than I care to remember, always Bury first, from Selling the weekly prize draw tickets at work {Ashworths slippers}, which we both did, to helping in whatever way he could. No one was more proud of Bury FC. Rest in Peace Ketih and kick a few balls around with some of the former players we knew who are up there now. Bob Johnson China clogger140
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9:38am Wed 15 Jan 14

TroyTempest says...

Eileenshakers & shakingallover,

Leave it out guys.
Here is neither the time or the place to be sniping at each other.

You are an embarassment to yourselves, Bury FC and the memory of a true gent.

R.I.P. Keith.
Eileenshakers & shakingallover, Leave it out guys. Here is neither the time or the place to be sniping at each other. You are an embarassment to yourselves, Bury FC and the memory of a true gent. R.I.P. Keith. TroyTempest
  • Score: 1

1:54pm Wed 15 Jan 14

shakingallover says...

Point taken ... I just can't understand why someone would want to be so attention seeking in what is such a sad time. We should celebrate Keiths life and remember him for what he was ... a nice, genuine human being.
Point taken ... I just can't understand why someone would want to be so attention seeking in what is such a sad time. We should celebrate Keiths life and remember him for what he was ... a nice, genuine human being. shakingallover
  • Score: -1

2:33pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Eileenshakers says...

shakingallover wrote:
Point taken ... I just can't understand why someone would want to be so attention seeking in what is such a sad time. We should celebrate Keiths life and remember him for what he was ... a nice, genuine human being.
Unlike yourself "MATE" and i am not an attention seeker,i could hardly gain attention on site with so few supporters that have anything meaningful to say about their club.

God bless Keith and his family i appologise if any offence was taken,none was meant to you or your family.
[quote][p][bold]shakingallover[/bold] wrote: Point taken ... I just can't understand why someone would want to be so attention seeking in what is such a sad time. We should celebrate Keiths life and remember him for what he was ... a nice, genuine human being.[/p][/quote]Unlike yourself "MATE" and i am not an attention seeker,i could hardly gain attention on site with so few supporters that have anything meaningful to say about their club. God bless Keith and his family i appologise if any offence was taken,none was meant to you or your family. Eileenshakers
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9:41am Thu 16 Jan 14

shakencity says...

Eileen,
"i could hardly gain attention on site with so few supporters that have anything meaningful to say about their club".

And this from the "supporter" that has thee least meaningful things to say about our club, who constantly criticizes the Chairman, his plans, his vision, our managers, most players, us supporters, and our "dilapidated" stadia.

I've heard it all now.
Eileen, "i could hardly gain attention on site with so few supporters that have anything meaningful to say about their club". And this from the "supporter" that has thee least meaningful things to say about our club, who constantly criticizes the Chairman, his plans, his vision, our managers, most players, us supporters, and our "dilapidated" stadia. I've heard it all now. shakencity
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2:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Eileenshakers says...

shakencity wrote:
Eileen,
"i could hardly gain attention on site with so few supporters that have anything meaningful to say about their club".

And this from the "supporter" that has thee least meaningful things to say about our club, who constantly criticizes the Chairman, his plans, his vision, our managers, most players, us supporters, and our "dilapidated" stadia.

I've heard it all now.
When you have watched a football club as long as i have and witnessed the mediocrity of these past couple of years you will understand where we are heading right now and where i am coming from ShakenCity.

Not much to crow about is there matey?,still i should be grateful that our little club is still in existence given all of the turmoil of the past 10 years.

Better get my bucket ready for the next bail out in a few years time.
The philosopher (chip off the old block) will sort us out if he's given time.UTS
[quote][p][bold]shakencity[/bold] wrote: Eileen, "i could hardly gain attention on site with so few supporters that have anything meaningful to say about their club". And this from the "supporter" that has thee least meaningful things to say about our club, who constantly criticizes the Chairman, his plans, his vision, our managers, most players, us supporters, and our "dilapidated" stadia. I've heard it all now.[/p][/quote]When you have watched a football club as long as i have and witnessed the mediocrity of these past couple of years you will understand where we are heading right now and where i am coming from ShakenCity. Not much to crow about is there matey?,still i should be grateful that our little club is still in existence given all of the turmoil of the past 10 years. Better get my bucket ready for the next bail out in a few years time. The philosopher (chip off the old block) will sort us out if he's given time.UTS Eileenshakers
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10:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

Eileen shakers,
SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO BE ABSENT FROM COMMENT,YOU MUST LEARN TO SEE THAT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD OTHER THAN YOU,YOUR COMMENTS ARE MOST DISRESPECTFUL AND SHAME ON YOU.THIS COLUMN IS DEDICATED TO A SUPPORTER AND GENTLEMAN,PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REFLECT YOUR SELFISHNESS AND NEGATIVIY ONCE AGAIN.
Eileen shakers, SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO BE ABSENT FROM COMMENT,YOU MUST LEARN TO SEE THAT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD OTHER THAN YOU,YOUR COMMENTS ARE MOST DISRESPECTFUL AND SHAME ON YOU.THIS COLUMN IS DEDICATED TO A SUPPORTER AND GENTLEMAN,PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REFLECT YOUR SELFISHNESS AND NEGATIVIY ONCE AGAIN. Ex Pat of Bury
  • Score: -1

12:43am Fri 17 Jan 14

paddysweeney says...

to a great friend and pal,
still think alot of the great nights out we had with the darts and dominoe teams from the JOCKEY to the FLEECE even the cotton tree, you will be singing with Jonny mahon and tony o,niel tonight GOD BLESS
to a great friend and pal, still think alot of the great nights out we had with the darts and dominoe teams from the JOCKEY to the FLEECE even the cotton tree, you will be singing with Jonny mahon and tony o,niel tonight GOD BLESS paddysweeney
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10:47am Fri 17 Jan 14

Eileenshakers says...

Ex Pat of Bury wrote:
Eileen shakers,
SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO BE ABSENT FROM COMMENT,YOU MUST LEARN TO SEE THAT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD OTHER THAN YOU,YOUR COMMENTS ARE MOST DISRESPECTFUL AND SHAME ON YOU.THIS COLUMN IS DEDICATED TO A SUPPORTER AND GENTLEMAN,PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REFLECT YOUR SELFISHNESS AND NEGATIVIY ONCE AGAIN.
To what degree are my comments selfish or disrespectful?, i have not said one word of disrespect towards the people whom this article is dedicated to?.

Your comments are becoming more bizarre by the day (SMOKE & MIRRORS SPRING TO MIND) and do stop shouting with the caps or haven't you figured out how to remove the caps lock?.

P.s, your negative voting on all of my messages on this site has been noted.
[quote][p][bold]Ex Pat of Bury[/bold] wrote: Eileen shakers, SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO BE ABSENT FROM COMMENT,YOU MUST LEARN TO SEE THAT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD OTHER THAN YOU,YOUR COMMENTS ARE MOST DISRESPECTFUL AND SHAME ON YOU.THIS COLUMN IS DEDICATED TO A SUPPORTER AND GENTLEMAN,PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REFLECT YOUR SELFISHNESS AND NEGATIVIY ONCE AGAIN.[/p][/quote]To what degree are my comments selfish or disrespectful?, i have not said one word of disrespect towards the people whom this article is dedicated to?. Your comments are becoming more bizarre by the day (SMOKE & MIRRORS SPRING TO MIND) and do stop shouting with the caps or haven't you figured out how to remove the caps lock?. P.s, your negative voting on all of my messages on this site has been noted. Eileenshakers
  • Score: -1

11:11am Fri 17 Jan 14

shakingallover says...

Negative voting? Each reader is only allowed one vote ... you have -7 on two of your posts (is this your new PB?). Surely .... they can't ALL be wrong. You mentioned mirrors in your post ... go look in one. You love to be contraversial ... but this wasn't the post to do it. You sullied it with your usual negativity.
Negative voting? Each reader is only allowed one vote ... you have -7 on two of your posts (is this your new PB?). Surely .... they can't ALL be wrong. You mentioned mirrors in your post ... go look in one. You love to be contraversial ... but this wasn't the post to do it. You sullied it with your usual negativity. shakingallover
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

Eileenshakers wrote:
Ex Pat of Bury wrote:
Eileen shakers,
SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO BE ABSENT FROM COMMENT,YOU MUST LEARN TO SEE THAT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD OTHER THAN YOU,YOUR COMMENTS ARE MOST DISRESPECTFUL AND SHAME ON YOU.THIS COLUMN IS DEDICATED TO A SUPPORTER AND GENTLEMAN,PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REFLECT YOUR SELFISHNESS AND NEGATIVIY ONCE AGAIN.
To what degree are my comments selfish or disrespectful?, i have not said one word of disrespect towards the people whom this article is dedicated to?.

Your comments are becoming more bizarre by the day (SMOKE & MIRRORS SPRING TO MIND) and do stop shouting with the caps or haven't you figured out how to remove the caps lock?.

P.s, your negative voting on all of my messages on this site has been noted.
And on and on and on and on,always wanting the last word,cannot see the wood from the trees,no one else knows what they are on about,you have been going to football for a long long long time------------oh i see got it you are the font of all knowledge.
[quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex Pat of Bury[/bold] wrote: Eileen shakers, SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO BE ABSENT FROM COMMENT,YOU MUST LEARN TO SEE THAT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD OTHER THAN YOU,YOUR COMMENTS ARE MOST DISRESPECTFUL AND SHAME ON YOU.THIS COLUMN IS DEDICATED TO A SUPPORTER AND GENTLEMAN,PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REFLECT YOUR SELFISHNESS AND NEGATIVIY ONCE AGAIN.[/p][/quote]To what degree are my comments selfish or disrespectful?, i have not said one word of disrespect towards the people whom this article is dedicated to?. Your comments are becoming more bizarre by the day (SMOKE & MIRRORS SPRING TO MIND) and do stop shouting with the caps or haven't you figured out how to remove the caps lock?. P.s, your negative voting on all of my messages on this site has been noted.[/p][/quote]And on and on and on and on,always wanting the last word,cannot see the wood from the trees,no one else knows what they are on about,you have been going to football for a long long long time------------oh i see got it you are the font of all knowledge. Ex Pat of Bury
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Sun 19 Jan 14

xBuryGirlx says...

Have none of you any shame at all? You are bickering on a post about a much loved man who has passed away. Have a bit of respect you are both an embarrassment.
Have none of you any shame at all? You are bickering on a post about a much loved man who has passed away. Have a bit of respect you are both an embarrassment. xBuryGirlx
  • Score: -2

6:52pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Eileenshakers says...

Pb what is that when its at home ? You can vote as many times as you like mate you just need to login several times i have done it many times usually to vote down the negative moronic minority of folk on here shakingallover
Pb what is that when its at home ? You can vote as many times as you like mate you just need to login several times i have done it many times usually to vote down the negative moronic minority of folk on here shakingallover Eileenshakers
  • Score: 0

11:01am Wed 29 Jan 14

shakingallover says...

Negative? Moronic? Multiple voting? Says it all really doesn't it Eileen.
Negative? Moronic? Multiple voting? Says it all really doesn't it Eileen. shakingallover
  • Score: 1

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