“Every club needs people like Pete” - Norwich City to pay tribute to Peter Oldfield at Carrow Road

Long-serving Norwich City official Peter Oldfield passed away recently. Photo: Simon Finlay

Long-serving Norwich City official Peter Oldfield passed away recently. Photo: Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant � 2010

Respects will be paid to one of Norwich City's longest serving members of staff Peter Oldfield at Carrow Road on Saturday following his sad passing last month.

And former Canaries legends Steve Bruce and Paul Lambert have spoken fondly of the former hospitality employee ahead of the weekend fixture against Reading.

A statement from the club said Mr Oldfield had been 'a valued colleague on matchdays for many years, with his enthusiasm and love for Norwich City shining through in various roles behind the scenes at home games.'

A picture of Peter will be displayed on the big screen at Carrow Road shortly before kick-off and during the game against Reading City's players will wear black armbands in his memory.

Canary heroes Steve Bruce and Paul Lambert were among those to have paid tribute, with Bruce saying: 'He was a great man, Pete, and I'm saddened to hear that he has passed away and I would like to wish all the family and give them my condolences.

'It has really upset me because when I went there 35 years ago, Pete was there. And every time I've been back, he never seemed to change.'

Lambert added: 'I remember Pete so well from my time at the Club, he was always there on matchdays at Carrow Road.

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'He was always such a positive guy and it's people like Pete, who work so hard behind the scenes, that make a football club. Every club needs people like Pete and I was very happy to see him again when I came back to Carrow Road for our game in January.

'It's really sad news and my thoughts are with all of his family and friends.'

The club spokesman added: 'Peter will be sorely missed by everyone at Norwich City and our thoughts and best wishes are with his family and loved ones.'

Following Mr Oldfield's death friend Trevor Mayes said hehad been 'full of enthusiasm' after getting to know him while he did the man of the match awards.

'It feels like I had known of him a lot longer from often seeing Peter flitting around on a match day always with a smile on his face,' he said.

'Peter would come past us and stop and have a quick chat and a hand shake.'

Shaun Van Looy, who met Mr Oldfield working at Hilton Hotels, said: 'He was yellow and green through and through, a role model and laugh a minute.'

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