Tribute to man who helped start Griff.
A FOUNDING father of one of Nuneaton's best known footballing teams has passed away, prompting a touching tribute from the club he loved.
Claude Rathbone was among the nine who started Nuneaton Griff with individual donations of PS1 in the early 70s.
The proud president, who remained at the club for more than 40 years, sadly passed away after spending some time in hospital.
Rod Grubb, Griff spokesperson, said: "All at Nuneaton Griff are saddened at the news of the death of Honorary President, Claude Rathbone, at the age of 85.
"Claude was a fine footballer in his younger days and in 1972 was one of nine players and officials (together with brother Colin), who paid one pound each to form Nuneaton Amateurs Football Club which after one season became Nuneaton Griff.
"He remained at the club for the rest of his life eventually becoming President and was honoured with a Life Membership in 2008.
"The thoughts and prayers of us all go to his family at this sad time."