Rotherham United were deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of former Women’s team secretary Shirley Pollock, aged 84.
Shirley was a friendly and familiar face in the Women’s setup through her 15-year long association with the club that she devoted many hours of her time to helping to run. She was a regular on the sidelines as her granddaughter Amy joined the junior team and would never miss a game, whatever the conditions.
Her love for the club saw her go on to become secretary of the senior side 12 years ago and she was a regular presence on the gate at Roundwood, welcoming players, staff and supporters to the game but was respected in circles well-beyond those she came into contact with on a matchday.
Her commitment saw her travel all over the country to attend meetings and follow the club, and Amy progress, and she will be particularly missed cheering on the team from the side of the pitch.
Shirley was also involved with Ladies football throughout the region and boasted a vast knowledge of players and teams across the Sheffield and Hallamshire area. She also enjoyed the role of being the secretary of Sheffield and Hallamshire Women’s County League.
Members of Rotherham United’s Women’s team are here in attendance at today’s game to pay their respects to their much-loved friend and colleague.
Head of Community and Rotherham United Women’s Chairman Jamie Noble placed on record his thanks to Shirley for her dedicated years of service, before offering his heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.
“I would just like to say a huge thank you to Shirley for her many years of commitment to everything connected with the Women’s team.
“She was integral in establishing women’s football in Rotherham and even more pivotal in the running of our very own team here at Rotherham United.
“Beyond that, she was a key figure in the women’s game across the South Yorkshire region, where I know she was also loved and respected.
“She will be deeply missed by everyone in the Women’s team and on behalf of them and everyone here at Rotherham United, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Shirley’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Rest in Peace, Shirley.