by | Jul 4, 2024

Ramsbottom United Football Club have been truly devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Will Place, a member of the clubs’ media team and former assistant secretary.

Will died in a tragic accident in the early hours of Monday morning (July 1) in Heywood, Lancashire. He was just 23 years old.

He joined the club in October 2021, initially being a part of the Roch Valley Radio set-up but from where he joined the Ramsbottom United media team.

With his heart set on furthering his journalism credentials, he was already part way through undertaking a three-year University course in Multimedia Sports Journalism at UCFB Manchester, which he completed and graduated from in January 2024 with a B.A. (Hons.).

A hugely likable character, he would become a regular at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for some two years, undertaking a great many facets including match report writing, interviews with players and management and cutting highlights as well as joining club secretary Tony Cunningham as his assistant.

Will always smiling as he gets set up at Longridge Town last season.

He would remain with the club until late 2023 until the pressure of juggling his university studies, running a small delivery business, managing a local football team as well as continuing with his position with the Rams and working alongside his grandfather on a farm so took the decision to step down.

However, he did remain a firm Ramsbottom United supporter and regular visitor, whilst also following his boyhood club, Manchester City.

He will leave a huge hole in the club. His infectious smile, compelling laugh and an engaging, cheery and funny demeanour made him a hugely popular member of the Rammy family.

The thoughts of everyone at Ramsbottom United Football Club go to his family and friends at this desperately sad time.

R.I.P. William Jordan Christopher Place B.A. (Hons.). You will be very much missed by all.