Friends and family mourn loss of ‘Mr Bilton Ajax’ at 49

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HUNDREDS of mourners packed a village church this week for the funeral of a man who was devoted to the sports team he loved.

Adrian Turner, 49, was known as ‘Mr Bilton Ajax’, such was his dedication to the club on and off the pitch.

He died suddenly on March 29 after suffering from heart problems.His funeral was held at All Saints Church in Stretton on Monday.

Announcing his death in the Advertiser last week, his family described him as “full of life, down to earth and with a heart of gold”.

‘Adey’, as he was known to his many friends and team-mates at Ajax, was one of the original members of the first and all-conquering Bilton Ajax team of 1972/3.

He came to Ajax with his close friend and captain of the team, Mark Trimmer.

Adey has been described as the powerhouse of the Ajax midfield, driving the team forward and never giving less than 100 per cent.

Lyn Redding, president of Bilton Ajax JFC, paid tribute to his work for the club. He said: “Adey always put his heart and soul into everything he did, whether on the field or off.

“His family - mum, dad, and later his wife Linda and their sons Keith and Martin supported and worked for the club for many years, never missing an Ajax event.”

Lyn said he was a great character who was warm, generous, good humoured and wholehearted.

He added: “Adey was above all a family man, a wonderful man who lived his life as he played the game - to the full.

“He will be greatly missed and remembered with warmth and affection by all who knew him.”