Tributes Pour In For Ton Fan

Posted: 14 November, 2012 in News Blog

Following the sad news that fellow Ton Pentre fan Mark Reynolds has passed away we would like to share the tribute that has been published on TonPentreAFC.com:

Ton Pentre Football Club has been been left in a state of shock following the sad and untimely passing of lifelong Bulldogs fan and volunteer, Mark Reynolds.

Mark Reynolds will be sorely missed.

Club Chairman Bryan Bees broke the sad news by saying: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce the sudden and tragic death of Mark Reynolds. All our thoughts and condolences go to his brother Kevin. Rest in Peace.”

Mark, who was 38, had a vital role at Ynys Park volunteering his time on a match day to put up the nets, prepare the changing rooms and training equipment, perform ball boy duties and act as a steward around the ground amongst many other pivotal tasks.

All of these duties were performed alongside his brother Kevin, with both having carried on the Reynolds family link with the Bulldogs throughout a large part of the Clubs history.

Mark, who was born on the 24th September 1974, grew up with the Club at heart and enjoyed watching Ton Pentre achieve multiple Welsh League titles and had a wonderful experience travelling up and down Wales on the team bus during the Club’s League of Wales years giving numerous renditions of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” due to his fondness of Liverpool FC. In addition to this he witnessed the Bulldogs playing European football in the UEFA Intertoto Cup and saw them reach the First Round of the FA Cup.

Mark (right) and his brother Kevin celebrating Ton Pentre’s Welsh League Division Two title triumph in 2011.

Following the tragic news, tributes have poured into Ton Pentre Football Club via Twitter and Facebook with friends, fellow fans and past and present players leaving messages of remembrance and condolences.

Current Bulldogs Captain, Adam Lewis wrote: “I can’t believe this news, very sad! My thoughts go out to his family and also his brother Kevin! I think I speak on behalf of all the players in saying Mark will be sorely missed at the club.”

Brian McGrath commented upon the links between the Reynolds family and Ton Pentre: “Very sad news. Mark had continued the Reynolds family tradition of excellent service to Ton Pentre Football Club.”

Kevin Moon wrote: “RIP Mark, Bulldogs Legend” and Robert Voyle added: “Very sad news, known Mark since form 1, and always loved his football.”

Former Ton Pentre Captain and midfielder Andrew Hughes expressed his feelings: “Mark, having known you for well over 25 years, through the highs and lows of a great club, I know you’ll continue to follow from up above. I’m sure that if you were split in two, Ton Pentre would be flowing through your veins. It’s been a pleasure knowing you, R.I.P take care. Thoughts are with you Big Kev.”

Alyn Jones, a former Bulldogs striker, wrote the following tribute: “Totally shocked and gutted. Thoughts are with Kevin at this sad time. A true Bulldog and great ambassador for the club, will be sorely missed by all at Ynys Park. R.I.P Buddy. Kenny Bowen will take care of you fella. xxx”

If you would like to read the tributes or leave a message of remembrance please visit www.facebook.com/TonPentreAFC.

Everyone’s thoughts at Ton Pentre Football Club are with Mark’s brother Kevin at this sad time and the Club will look to support him through this difficult period.

Mark Reynolds. May You Rest In Peace.

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