By 90Min
December 27, 2017

West Bromwich Albion, as well as fans of the club, have paid tribute to the club's late mascot Richard Eades, who tragically passed away ahead of the Baggies' Boxing Day clash against Everton.

The 42-year-old father of two had been the club's mascot for 14 years and ran the club's supporters' side Boing FC.

"Albion are mourning the loss of long-serving employee Richard Eades, who has passed away at the age of just 42", read a statement on West Brom's official website.

"Richard, pictured left, embarked on almost 30 years’ service at the Club as a 14-year-old - working as a member of the ground staff and then the coaching staff before taking on the roles of several Albion mascots

"He amassed many friends at The Hawthorns, all of whom were shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely death. 

"The thoughts of all at West Bromwich Albion are with his fiancé Carly and his two young children, Lily-Mae, 8, and Archie, 3." 

Best friend of Eades, and fellow mascot David Challoner also paid tribute to the late father:

"He was best man at my wedding and a great friend.

"Most of all he was Albion through and through and we will miss him greatly.

"We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from across the football community and I'd like to thank everyone for their kind messages at this difficult time."

The club also announced that they will pay full tribute to Eades before their New Year’s Eve fixture against Arsenal.

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