Sadly, I have to inform you of the sudden passing of the very popular Dave McArdle, our Results Officer,
Dave was one of the greats in non-League football.
Personally, I have never met anyone with a broader and in-depth knowledge of local football.
He was one of the most likeable people that any of us could wish to meet.
We are very honoured to have had him as part of our ranks. He will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with his family.
In his memory a GoFundMe page has been set up by his family in case people wanted to help in any way. There is no obligation to donate anything. Here is the link : https://gofund.me/8048abc4-
The uhlsport Hellenic League will be making a donation.
Below are tributes from our clubs and those who knew him.
Really sad news – Richard Carr – Thame United
So sad, I always found Dave really sound – Phil Clarke – Newent Town
Please pass on Slimbridge AFC condolences to Mr. McArdle’s family – Alena Wrixon – Slimbridge AFC
Please pass on our condolences from everyone at Stokenchurch. Spoke to David a lot over last few weeks – a really nice and helpful bloke – Steve Gunnell – Stokenchurch
Very sad news indeed, condolences to everyone at the league and his family. Always great to chat with and also meet a few times at games he came to – Richard Tyrell – Holyport
What sad news l never meet Dave, but he always thanked me by text when we sent the result through including this week – Andy Morris – Westfields
So sorry to hear of the sad news and please send our thoughts and prayers to Dave’s family and friends from all at Pershore Town FC – Melanie Cooper
Awful news. Only spoken with him last week. He was one of the best – Gordon Varley – uHL Veterans Football Coordinator.
So sorry to have this sad news of Dave. Please pass on the sincere condolences of Littleton FC to all his family and friends. A shock to all concerned. I am sure they will have many memories to treasure when they reflect on his life – Marion Brighton – Littleton FC
Really sorry to hear of this sad news today. A big shock as he was still sending out results yesterday – Steve Gabb – uHL Division Two Fixture and Webmaster
Really sad news, from my dealings with Dave he was a lovely man – Pete Osborne – Clanfield ‘85
Sad news indeed. A lovely man. My thoughts are with his family – Des Williams – Letcombe
I am so desperately sad to hear this news. Dave McCardle was a great guy, absolutely committed to helping others enjoy their football but my personal experience was also incredibly positive. Dave would often send me a message after a positive result for Tuffley Rovers, simply congratulating us on our efforts, but it was very powerful for me particularly when we have been on a run of difficult results.
On Tuesday evening he sent me a congratulatory message after our win at Westfields and that was wholly typical of a guy who recognised the challenges for the smaller clubs and conveyed such enthusiasm for the game in general.
We will conduct a moment of silence ahead of tomorrow’s fixture with Westbury United; that is the least a man of Dave’s calibre deserves.
My thoughts are with his family and all his friends at this time – Neil Spiller – Tuffley Rovers
We are incredibly shocked and saddened to hear this news – we would like to convey our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We have asked for a minute’s silence ahead of tomorrow’s game – Keith Woolfson – Watlington Town FC
We will be observing a minute’s silence for our fixture on Tuesday – Craig Teague – Worcester Raiders
The comments that have been made by many UHL clubs epitomise the high esteem that Dave was held in whilst holding the Results Officer post of our league. He was a wonderful and knowledgeable man and will be very much missed by us all – Brian & Angela King