There is no doubt in my mind that without Fred Hardwell, Brislington Juniors Football Club would not be in existence today.
The Club could easily have gone the way of many others and just drifted to a conclusion as teams got older and managers left but Fred always had the vision and drive to ensure that he got more people involved not only in running Football Teams at younger levels but also in ‘running the club’ and he always told the managers and committee members that it was ‘their’ club, not his or the ‘Top table’.
I personally would not have spent these past 22 years at BJFC if it were not for Fred – I was one of those that he ‘gently coerced’ into getting involved with Bris Juniors and I am eternally grateful to Fred for that, as I have loved every minute of it, especially the days when Fred was Chairman and I was his ‘lackey’ of a Vice-chairman.
There are a thousand reasons why he will be greatly missed by so many people and his strength of character, determination to get things done and sheer bloody-mindedness at times, stand out but for me it is his friendship and loyalty that will be the biggest loss.
Freddie-boy, you will never be forgotten.
Fred Hardwells' Funeral was held on May 1st at 2pm, at South Bristol Crematorium, with the wake held at Brislington FC, Ironmould Lane.
The Bristol Evening Post published a glowing tribute to Fred. The full article can be read online by clicking on their logo below.