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Auckland Football mourns Stanyer

Words: AFF

Saturday 15 October 2016

Picture: Phototek NZ

Brian “Stan” Stanyer, a legend of Mount Albert-Ponsonby AFC, passed away on Wednesday 13 October, aged 61.

Stanyer (pictured left) commanded a strong presence in the colours of the club he fell in love with as a first team player in 1977.

He later held coaching and management roles for the club’s senior teams with the Anderson Park outfit.

Stanyer had an extensive record of volunteering to coach and manage club teams which later led to executive roles.

Since joining the Mount Albert Ponsonby he held every executive committee position and was crucial to the its administration and financial well-being.

Among the many accolades bestowed upon the man affectionately known as “Stan” include an Auckland Football Federation Long Service Medal in 2013.

Stanyer displayed strong leadership within the club and maintained some 35 years of consistent service.

He was widely acknowledged as the first volunteer to organize and carry out any work needed around the club.

Mount Albert-Ponsonby club president for the past four years, Stanyer’s loss will be sorely felt by the entire Auckland Football community.

Auckland Football Federation Chairman Glyn Taylor expressed condolences to the Stanyer family on behalf of the local football community.

“Brian Stanyer was a giant of the game, in his stature as a Mount Albert Ponsonby AFC player, administrator and president,” said Taylor.

“He was a pioneer in the 1970s, showing that Mount Albert Ponsonby were capable of matching it with the best in the Northern League and Superclub competitions, a remarkable achievement.|

“Brian was a much-loved and revered figure, but his sense of humour ensured there was never any fuss. “Stan” was and will always remain a true Mount Albert-Ponsonby hero.”

Auckland City FC chairman Ivan Vuksich echoed Taylor's sentiments.

"Brian was a club stalwart of Mount Albert Ponsonby and was a wonderful servant to the club. Everyone at Auckland City FC and Central United send their condolences to Brian's family, friends and, of course, Mount Albert Ponsonby AFC," he said.

Club members are attending a gathering at their Anderson Park base on Friday 14 October to remember Stanyer.

His body will be taken to Mount Albert Ponsonby clubrooms one last time between 10am-2pm on Monday 17 October.

Stanyer’s service will be held at the Main chapel of Morrison’s Funeral Home at 3.30pm the same day followed by a celebration of his life at Mount Albert Ponsonby AFC.

He is survived by his children Dave, Lizzie, Kelsey and Ryan.

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