It was with deep sadness that we heard of the passing away of Ian Lewis.
On behalf of the Executive Committee and all of our members at Meadowridge AFC we wish to express our sincere condolences to his wife Eileen and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ian was an excellent goalkeeper and after playing for UCT in the 60’s & 70’s in the WPFA Challenge leagues, he came to play in the first team at Meadowridge. He subsequently played his football at a more social level, hanging up his boots well into his 60’s.
Affectionately known as Big Lou, and shortly after joining the club, Ian was elected as the Club Captain in 1974 and stood until 1976. In 1985 he was elected as Chairman of the club and stood down in 1988, to be duly elected as Club President. He held the presidency for a very impressive 23 years before retiring as n 2012. He was elected as a life member in 1990.
Ian was a brilliant coach and concentrated on the little ones (under 7’s and under 9‘s) who were just joining Meadowridge and for many playing football for the first time. Everyone will remember Ian’s Thursday night meetings with the kids all sitting in rows with all the parents behind them all listening intently to hear what was going to transpire that weekend.
Ian was a passionate footballer and coach and a great supporter of the club on and off the field. He was always a gentleman and was much loved and highly respected by everyone that knew and met him.
Ian will be sorely missed, but will never be forgotten.
RIP Mr Lewis.