West Ham co-owner David Gold dies aged 86 after short illness

    West Ham co-owner David Gold has died following a short illness
    West Ham co-owner David Gold has died following a short illness (NurPhoto via Getty)

    West Ham co-owner David Gold has died aged 86 following a short illness.

    Gold was a lifelong West Ham supporter and was a key part of the club’s takeover in 2010 alongside co-owner David Sullivan.

    He also spent 12 years as Birmingham City’s chairman before he sold his shares in 2009.

    A statement from West Ham read: ‘It is with deep sadness that West Ham United FC confirm that our beloved Joint-Chairman David Gold passed away on Wednesday morning following a short illness.

    ‘David Gold, 86, died peacefully with his devoted daughters, Jacqueline and Vanessa, and his fiancée Lesley, by his side.

    ‘A lifelong and ardent West Ham United fan, David Gold was born in Stepney in September 1936 and grew up at 442 Green Street, directly opposite the Boleyn Ground. As a promising young schoolboy player, he represented the Club’s boys’ team between the ages of 13 and 16 and later appeared in the youth team.

    ‘After forging a career as a hugely successful businessman, his life came full circle in January 2010 when he became Joint-Chairman of West Ham United following the successful takeover that helped to steady the ship and protect the Club’s future during a period of great financial uncertainty.’

    David Sullivan (L) and David Gold pose for pictures at Upton Park following the announcement of their joint takeover of West Ham United Football Club in east London, on Jaunary 19, 2010. Former Birmingham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have taken control of West Ham on Tuesday after acquiring a 50 percent stake in the English Premier League club, they confirmed on Tuesday. AFP PHOTO/Ben Stansall FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
    David Sullivan (L) and David Gold took control of West Ham in 2010 (AFP via Getty)

    West Ham’s joint-chairman David Sullivan said: ‘On behalf of everyone at the football club, it is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, David Gold.

    ‘Of all our joint ventures, none gave us more pride and happiness than the day we took ownership of West Ham United, our Club, in January 2010. David had a long-standing connection with the Hammers, having grown up opposite the Boleyn Ground in Green Street, and represented the Club at junior level. He always wanted what was best for West Ham United, and his passing is a great loss for all of us.’

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Co-owners of West Ham United David Gold and David Sullivan pose for a picture before the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at Olympic Stadium on August 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
    David Gold and David Sullivan moved West Ham to the Olympic Stadium in 2016 (AMA/Getty)

    West Ham manager David Moyes said: ‘I am extremely sad to hear this news and, on behalf of all of the players and my staff at the training ground, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to David Gold’s family at this very difficult time.

    ‘Mr Gold was a regular visitor to Rush Green and always a source of great support and encouragement to myself and the players. It was clear that he had a genuine and sincere love for the Club and was a true supporter at heart. He took a great interest in the people working behind-the-scenes and was always keen to help in any way he could. He will be greatly missed.’

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