Heanor Town boss Glen Clarence has led the tributes to former club secretary Keith Costello, who passed away this week.
Mr Costello, who became a club icon after being club secretary for more than 40 years, died three days short of his 82nd Birthday.
Club officials described Keith as ‘a fountain of knowledge’ for all involved since he retired from the role of Secretary just two years ago.
Clarence said: “Forty years service to one club shows how special Keith was. He gave his life to our club and never courted recognition.
“He was a lovely man with a big heart that had Heanor Town FC running through it, there never has and never will be a better servant to the club.”
Press Officer, Tony Squires said, “In the 15 years I’ve been coming to Heanor Town FC Keith has always welcomed me, his warm smile and encouragement as I stepped into an unknown role have shaped my work.
“In over 40 years he will have touched hundreds of lives, sharing his wisdom and equipping people to deal with the stresses of non-league football.
“I can see how much the football club are mourning and our thoughts are with his family.”
Keith’s tireless hard work and intricate knowledge of the relevant rules for cup competitions and leagues added to a unique ability to make friends with all clubs Heanor Town FC faced in his long association with the club.
The football club named one of the stands at The Town Ground after Keith in 2013, a gesture that he humbly accepted.
Supporters are planning to fill the stand during a minutes silence due to be held before The Lions face Mansfield Town FC on 4th August.
Friends and family have already left flowers, cards and scarves at the front of the stand, and anyone who feels they want to pay their respect in this way are being encouraged to do so.
Funeral details will be available on the Heanor Town FC website, Facebook and Twitter pages when they are confirmed.