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RIP Richard Collins

Very sad to hear the news that Richard Collins passed away suddenly on Sunday morning. Richard was 75 and he was still a regular at The Valley, and I’d have thought been planning on attending The Legends game yesterday.

One of the more recognizable and permanent members of the board over many decades, Richard Collins is part of Charlton Athletic’s history. He first joined the club as a director in 1981, and took over as chairman from Mark Huyler in 1983 before becoming a key player in securing the club’s future a year later.

Richard remained on the board throughout the 90’s and the Premier League years until just before Tony Jimenez and Michael Slater bought the club in 2010.

I was lucky enough to meet Richard on a couple of occasions, and he was a gent and a proper Charlton fan. He will be missed as will his blue Rolls Royce with the number plate RDC 33 that was often seen at the ground and around south east London.

RIP Richard.

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