Bill Thomson, Vice President of Dyce Juniors FC sadly passed away yesterday after a very short illness.
In a statement, the club have paid tribute to Bill who will be sadly missed by all at Dyce, and the Junior Football family.
"Bill has been a stalwart of Dyce Juniors FC and along with Ian Mair and Norman Mackay, is responsible for the club we
all enjoy and respect today.
Plenty people will be aware that Bill was involved in football for over 50 years, playing Amateur Football with Ellon Amateurs and Cove Rangers.
Following his retirement from the playing side, Bill joined Stoneywood Works, a club that were just joining the Junior ranks, Bill also served on the Junior Management Committee as Vice President under Norman Mackay before becoming President in his own right.
There are many stories which cannot be told and these two close friends would often attend the Dinner Dances of other clubs, leaving their long-suffering wives sitting whilst the two of them would be at the bar talking endless football.
Several years later Bill and his friend Eric Mannal joined Banks O’Dee with Eric’s father who was then physio at the club and went on to enjoy several years at the "Dee".
This time lasted until Dyce Boys Club was formed and shortly afterwards both Bill and Eric decided to move there to help their local team. Bill did a brilliant job along with some very dedicated people making the club one the best Juvenile outfits, not only in the North East but throughout Scotland.
Come the early 90s, Bill was approached by his "slightly" older friend Norman to join the Committee of the re-named Mugiemoss, as Dyce Juniors and there is no doubt that Bill played a massive part, alongside Ian Mair and Norman Mackay in taking Dyce Juniors and the facilities of the now Ian Mair Park to the standard where they are today.
Sometimes seen as an argumentative and opinionated individual, Bill simply said things as they were, which left you in no doubt on where he stood on any matter football related. He was probably one of the most organized person we have all come across and was always a careful prod to ensure the rest of us managed to get things done.
Simply, we would make a decision and for sure the very next day Bill would be on the phone asking if it had been done? Testimony to why DJFC has achieved so much over the years.
Our Bill had a wicked sense of humour, an admiral appetite (always eating whatever food was available to our club guests) and had a huge heart and commitment for everything and everyone Dyce Juniors FC related, a passion that was often confused for his blunt approach.
Bill Thomson will be sorely missed by all fellow committee, management, players, sponsors, supporters and friends of the club and many others involved in wider football circles and we are truly honoured and blessed to have known him and enjoyed his company over the years.
To Bill’s wife Aileen and their family, we offer our deepest sympathy and our thoughts will now be forever with you all.
As Bill now visits a better place and the football stadium with the gods, we can be assured he will be cheering on the Blue & White Hoops and of course keeping everything in order as he always did. We have lost a very special and dear friend."
The North Region Junior Football Association would like to pass on its condolences to Bill's family, friends and everyone that knew him.