Sole People Profile
Bob Cordiner RIP
Date: 02-09-2019 00:00
Type: Deceased
Section: Adults


The Club’s members were saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Cordiner on Monday 2nd September.

Elizabeth has informed us that her father asked for his funeral to be closed and she is respecting his wishes. It will be a very small ceremony and cremation at West Norwood cemetery. Her father had specifically requested to keep things simple.

Elizabeth understands that people would want to pay their respects and asks that a simple toast amongst friends that might think fondly of him would probably suffice. Keep things simple. In the end if it’s heartfelt - it counts.


The Club’s members were saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Cordiner on Monday 2nd September. Bob was very well known at the Club when we played at Horsenden Hill were he was involved in running the bar, becoming bar chairman for several years until we moved to Valis Way. He kept Larry Redmond, Micky Carroll and Allen Lewis under control! He was commonly known as ‘Bob the dog’ because his dog, a bloodhound, always preceded him into the Clubhouse. Bob was from Aberdeen and was a warden at Holloway prison before he retired. He was made Vice President in the early 90s.
After the move to Vallis Way he saw most of the first team games and often travelled to the away games. He was a great chap and will be sadly missed by all his friends on the touchline.
Rest in Peace Bob.
George Clempson

Yes , Willie has been poorly for some time . I don’t think he got over the death , some years ago, of his wife Wyn , another Horsenden Hill stalwart with the post match nutrition.
I’ll think Willie’s first comment to me when I moved to London in mid 70s was ‘What position do you play ” to which I answered Number 8. His response was ”OK you can play centre in Ray Cusden’s team” .
Hearing this news and of Bob the Dog is really sad. Perhaps an old gits reunion is called for ?
Jim Andrews

Count myself as so lucky to have known Bob for many many years, fond memories of Horsenden Hill, Shit Creek and of course Bob walking the dog! A real character and a great fella to share a beer with - fond memories of a session in a bar in Cork with Bob after watching Ealing play Munster A in the British & Irish Cup a couple of years back. Lots of pints sunk, great chat and great company. We’ll miss you Bob - rest in piece.
Les O'Gorman

I only came to know Bob in relatively recent years, since we shared a habit of following Ealing at home and around the country. It was particularly at the away games such as Jersey, Penzance, Doncaster and others that Bob, Angela my wife and I would be ever presents amongst a tiny Ealing contingent, and inevitably staying over, that we got to know Bob. He was most charming and courteous man, whose company we much enjoyed. I particularly remember a recent visit to Jersey, staying at the Radisson Hotel and sharing a great evening over dinner.

It was a great shock when Bob told us of his terminal cancer, and even greater that he died so soon after.
Our condolences to his family, he will most certainly be missed.
Mike Jackson

As I had moved from the area  when Bob joined the Club I got to know Bob from my visits to Horsenden Hill & later Vallis Way where I would meet up with him & other old members from my era. Over the years I got to know & appreciate  him & we would always have long & convivial chats about the game & the world in general always over a few pints The camaraderie at Ealing is second to none & although a lot of the members from my era have passed on it was always very pleasurable to meet up with the ones still around  of which Bob was a major part.-a lovely man.
Mike & Shirley Williams

I’m sad to hear of the death of Bob Cordiner. I’ve loads of great memories of Bob.

One very happy memory of Bob: As I lived very near the Horsenden Hill clubhouse for a few years during mid-90’s I got into the habit of popping in on way from work on Friday early evenings. There in situ would be Bob, Larry Redmond, and Micky Carroll. Having just “cleaned the pipes” for the Guinness barrel for the coming weekend, Micky would make sure we all had a pint to “test the pipes”.

The best Guinness I ever tested in England were on those nights! Bob was great company as the few of sat in the old clubhouse, his deadpan humour and observations of the world were a tonic.

Sad that he’s gone, and also of course the great Willie Williams and other stalwarts. Makes me nostalgic for the fun we had in those days.
Pat Kirby
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