Moseley Rugby Club has been rocked by death of shareholder and former director Alan Adam, who passed away last weekend.
The 63-year-old was taken into hospital last week but after an operation related to a stroke, suffered a further stroke and died peacefully at 4.40am on Sunday, March 10.
Mr Adam will be remembered as one of the founding fathers of modern Moseley and for the relentless work he did in making the club what it is today.
After a long association with Moseley, both as a junior player and official, he came to the fore in 2002 when the club was in administration, looked to be moving to Oxford.
However, Mr Adam and a cohort of ex-players formed a consortium which successfully persuaded creditors to allow Moseley to stay in city.
He was the driving force behind the move to their current home at Billesley Common and for many years was a voluble and passionate club representative at a national level.
Still hugely active in the club, he had stepped down from direct involvement in running it in order to put together a financial package worth several million pounds to build a much-needed new stand. It is understood he had just about achieved that and was absolutely determined to bring the project to fruition. Moseley now faces a big task in getting it over the line.
Mr Adam was know for his assistance to the club’s youth players and latterly his other major role was in taking forward charity, the Moseley Foundation – which enables young professionals to go out to Birmingham schools coaching children in all kinds of sport.
Thousands of pounds are raised each year to support it and last year more than 16,000 pupils benefitted.
In his professional life he was a successful accountant who specialised in insolvency with KPMG. He is survived by two brothers, a sister and his wife Morag.
His brother David said: “He loved Moseley. He was incredibly focused and incredibly committed to the club.
“He would be on the phone and computer at all hours of the day and night on Moseley business because he cared so much about the club. You would even find him on car parking duty on a match day.”