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Former FAW secretary dies.

ALUN EVANS, former Football Association of Wales general secretary, has died at the age of 69.

It is understood he had suffered from a long illness.

Porth-born Evans, pictured, taught economics and geography before moving into sports administration.

He was heavily involved with the Universities Athletic Union.

He also became Welsh Premier chairman and secretary of Uwic.

The FAW confirmed he died in the early hours of yesterday.

A statement read: "The FAW is sad to announce the passing of former secretary Alun Evans.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Known for his forthright views, Evans was instrumental in the formation of the Welsh Premier - launched as the League of Wales.

He was a strong leader of FAW policies.

Welsh football fans paid tribute to Evans' work on the social network website, Twitter.

Stevie Perry said: "Did you ever come across Alun Evans at Welsh FA? Larger than life character, knew so much."

Mark Pitman said: "Very sad news that FAW member Alun Evans has passed away. An instrumental figure in the history of the Welsh Premier League. RIP."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 14, 2011
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