Tuesday 24 December 2013
Ron Noades, the former chairman of Crystal Palace, has died at the age of 76 following a year-long battle with cancer.
Noades, who passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, was a formidable presence as one of the founding chairmen of the Premier League.
After taking control of the south London club in 1981 he oversaw a period of great success, as his side earned promotion to the top flight and then reached the FA Cup final in 1990.
Under Noades, Palace were one of the 22 teams to appear in the inaugural Premier League and the Eagles enjoyed three of their four seasons in the Premier League under his tenure. He subsequently presided over the fortunes of Brentford and Wimbledon.
"I am sure I speak for everyone involved with the Premier League, past and present, when I express our sadness at hearing of the passing of Ron Noades after his brave fight against lung cancer," said Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League. "Success has many fathers, but Ron's role in the history of the Premier League was fundamental to its formation and the foundations of what it has become today.
"Our sympathy and best wishes are with his family."
A statement from Crystal Palace's website read: "The thoughts and deepest sympathies of everyone at Crystal Palace Football Club are with his wife Novello and their family at this very sad time."