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Rest in peace, Bill Palmer.

Everyone in the Exeter City family is saddened to hear the passing of lifelong fan, Bill Palmer.

Bill supported City for 70 years and his daughter Jenny has sent us her memories of SJP.

“Dad supported Exeter City from 5 years old, so yes, for 70 years. His Dad initially brought him along to St James' Park. He's followed them far and wide, including to Brazil. He's always stood on the Big Bank, but was starting to accept his older age and actually bought a season ticket for a seat for this forthcoming season. That was a shock to me!

When things got tight financially for City he did his best to help, but we were lucky with the draw with Man United, so it wasn't needed as much. You can tell a lot by his priority number: 62!

I remember coming to St James' Park with him when I'd just turned 18 (a long time ago!) and going into the Centre Spot bar with him. The bar was always heaving and it took ages to be served, then he would stand beside me and we'd get served instantly! Everyone seemed to know him by name.

Dad wasn't one for wearing a football shirt, but he always wore a very long red and white scarf, that my Mum (or his wife, Christine) knitted for him. That scarf went to the heat of Brazil and is being buried with him.”

Bill's memorial service will take place on Monday June 12 at 11:15 am in the Heritage Lounge at St James Park.

At the request of the family, they have asked supporters who wish to pay their respects to make a donation to the Exeter City Academy, in Bill's name.

Our thoughts are with Bill's wife Christine, Jenny, and his family at this time.

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