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Club left 137,000 by devoted fan

Rhun Owens
Rhun Owens had been secretary of Aberystwyth Town

A football club's "number one fan" has left his team 137,000 in his will.

Rhun Owens died two years ago at the age of 65, and had not missed an Aberystwyth Town match in 40 years up until the weeks before his death.

Chairman Tony Bates called the club secretary's bequest a "massive boost" to the Welsh Premier League club.

The money will go on improvements at the Park Avenue ground, where a stand has been renamed and a player of the season trophy bought in his honour.

"Rhun was the best supporter we've ever had - our number one fan," said Mr Bates, chairman of the club's board of management.

He didn't have a wife or children, so Aberystwyth Town was his family
Tony Bates, Aberystwyth Town

"He didn't miss a game home or away in 40 years up until he became ill. He gave the club amazing support.

"He didn't have a wife or children, so Aberystwyth Town was his family."

Mr Bates said officials knew nine months ago Mr Owens had left the club some money, but the exact amount had only just been revealed.

But despite the windfall Mr Bates said Aberystwyth Town still relied heavily on sponsorship and grants.

The club is currently improving its ground in line with new Welsh Premier League standards which come into force in 2010.

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