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Hullbridge Village History

Doug Tyrrell.(1940-2008 )

By Gary Congram 2008

On 4th August 2008 Doug Tyrrell finally lost his battle with his ill health.
I remember the first time I met Doug which was on a Saturday morning down the Rec when I was training a Hullbridge Boys team. He and Harold Nelson were down there training a large group of very young boys (U-11's) and struggling to keep a control. Trying to educate boys that age not to chase the ball is an almost impossible task, but credit must go to them as within the month, before the season started I could see boys playing in positions and looking properly organised. So began Doug and Harold's involvement with youth football. The pair of them were the driving force behind the rapid development of the Hullbridge Youth Section into the largest section with the Sports Club. Doug and his wife Rene were extremely active fund raisers and event participants. I will always remember the good times I have had with Doug in the Country Club on Wednesday nights and at the Sports Club events. He had a cheeky smile and chuckle as well as being game for anything. One of my highlights was him dressed in a ladies swimming costume for a fund raising football match. Another was him getting smothered in smelly mud trying to compete against the Essex Police tug of war team. Doug and Rene have been very active members of the community and were always perfect hosts when they were in the Country Club or Community Center. I know his family will miss him greatly but I hope they will take solace in the knowledge that Doug has made so many people in and outside the village very happy and proud to call him their friend.

On behalf of the football players you have coached over the years, the friends you made in the Sports Club and Hullbridge Community I would just like to say "Doug you are greatly missed but not forgotten, your legacy is the youths you gave so much time to over the years. We were all very lucky when you came to the village and the village was a better place for your presence. God Bless!"