My apologies if I have put this in the wrong place, if I have can the admins kindly move it.
Westyorkshiregull is my brother Andrew / Andy to some and I wanted to make you aware why he won't be posting on here anymore or why you won't see him up North at games if and when the season starts up again.
Last week while at home he suffered a heart attack which very sadly he didn't survive. The medics were there within 5 mins but nothing they could do. His wife also tried to do CPR on him but to no avail. He was only 40 which is no age at all.
This has devastated our family especially my Dad who is also a lifelong fan, and both my daughter and I go along to matches at Plainmoor when we are down visiting from London and have also been to games near us and my Dad has travelled up for those.
My brother is due to be cremated on the 5th May in his Torquay shirt so if you could think of him on that day it would be greatly appreciated.
Ordinarily I would see if the club would do a short announcement as well but I don't want to bother them at the moment in light of COVID19 and there is no way of knowing when the season is going to start again anyway.
My brother loved the Gulls and interacting with people on here and at games and I hope he will be fondly remembered by all who met him and know him.
I'd like to thank all of you who did interact with him on here and at the games it meant a lot to him.
I did not actually meet your brother but we corresponded as we shared a passion for preserving the history of TUFC on film.
Please do not underestimate the amount of joy Andrew gave to so many people by sharing his video archive.
I remember he was on the brink of releasing some really rare footage from the archives but was tripped up by being too generous and too honest. He did not want to hoard the rare video for himself but to share with fellow fans. When he said that was what he intended to do, they would not let him have the material as it was for private use only.
I was going to contact him about having another go, but.....
I was only thinking of him last week as I put up on this forum that I was working on a list of all TUFC games available on youtube. As I searched, westyorkshiregull kept delivering the goods.
On May 5, I will watch one or two of the many videos he has posted on youtube:
I will raise a glass and remember his generosity in sharing these with us. It would be nice if others do the same.
Would you think it appropriate to push this suggestion out among the wider fanbase? Two other forums, facebook, twitter etc. I will set about that if you think it appropriate. Let's get the club's fans together in spirit watching a westyorkshiregull video on May 5.
Please do contact the club. Somebody there is trying to keep content of interest on the club's home page. Your brother was a big part of the community that makes our club so great and his role in sharing videos should be acknowledged. I am sure the the club would be happy to point supporters at the youtube page as a way of promoting his legacy.
Many thanks for your kind words they are greatly appreciated.
Yes I do remember he had mentioned something about the footage and that I think someone from a show to do with Netflix had shown an interest and he had more or less given it to them. A bit silly but as you say he was a little naive with that sort of thing and was just keen to share it.
Im glad he was able to share some of the other content with fans and that it was appreciated. Not a problem to push this suggestion out to other areas / fanbases.
I will see if I can find an email address for the club and speak with them and also a little further down the line see if there is any more footage anywhere.
Sorry to hear, Ben, of the loss of your brother. I didn't know him but the videos he posted, I very much enjoyed and appreciated. I'm not sure how he got hold of them all but they will be valued by everyone who appreciates TUFC and we have Andrew to thank for that.