The club has received hundreds of kind messages of support and many wonderful stories from players, supporters, officials and all of Scottish football following the loss of Ian ‘Pea’ Oliver yesterday. This morning, Club Chairman Len Eyre and Secretary Dennis McCleary have both shared some words.
Len Eyre said: “Ian ‘Pea’ Oliver was a Club legend in his own life time and was heavily involved in the Club for over 50 years. Berwick Rangers was a big part of Peas life. He will be a huge miss to everyone at the Club and also in Scottish Football as no matter where the Club was playing he was held in high regard he never forgot a face or a name.
Pea over the years must have racked up thousands of miles in the team bus for away matches. Accompanying him on the bus was always an adventure; he always had stories to tell no matter where Berwick Rangers were playing.
On behalf of all at Berwick Rangers we send our condolences to Peas family and are thinking of them all at this sad time.”
Dennis McCleary, who worked alongside ‘Pea’ for in excess of 40 years, shared just a few of the many memories the pair had together: “It will be hard walking into Shielfield this Saturday and not seeing Pea! I have worked with him for nearly half a century and we have had some great times, two Championships included and obviously some not so good days. Some great laughs too. Matches against clubs such as Celtic and Rangers and enough match kit checks to fill a book!
What a character, loved all over Scottish Football and in with the fittings at Shielfield. We were all devastated to hear the shock news of his passing and my thoughts go out to Muriel, Brian, Neil, Karen and all the family at this time.”