London Ladies Gaelic President – Joe Fryday RIP

Joe Fryday is a name synonymous with ladies football in London. Anyone who has been involved or played ladies football within London would have heard of Joe , either by meeting him at games or finals or participating in the tournament that he organised in memory of his late wife, Mary. It was with great regret that the London Ladies Board announced his passing earlier this week following a short illness.

Joe was an institution within ladies football within London, ever present at meetings and at games all over London. Appointed as the Life President in 1999, he served the London Ladies Board proudly as their ambassador, enjoying nothing more that hosting various officials from Croke Park and being present at the All Britain Competition where all girls competitions were taking place.

In good health up until very recently, members who attended the monthly meetings would know that Joe always had the final word, the last man to speak before the close of the meetings giving us his thoughts on what had unfolded during the meeting advising the delegates with his wealth of experience. His huge generosity in his personal sponsorship of different aspects of the London Ladies Board will never be forgotten and helped the London Board to grow to what it is today.

He took great pride when invited by the board to do presentations at any finals, and would always follow up with a song or two and a tune from the harmonica. He was very proud of how the underage had taken off within London, with more juvenile players than ever taking to the fields across the capital. Right up until his final days, he was still enquiring about different issues within football in London, how a recent meeting went that he missed, what the plans with fixtures were.

Joe was also a Life President of the Council of Irish Counties (CICA) Association, enjoying his monthly meetings in the Irish Centre in Camden. He also had weekly visits to The Ballroom of Romance, his actions always defying his age, forever young at heart.

Joe has left an imprint on every person who was involved in ladies football within London, and will be sorely missed by the officers of the London Board who he led for 20 years, his many friends who held him in such high esteem and his loving family.

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