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Story added: 3rd June 2024

A Tribute to Phil Hoadley

Ahead of the funeral of City player and employee, Phil Hoadley, Foundation Chief Executive Ian Thornton OBE shares his own tribute:

Along with many current and past staff here at the Foundation and Club, I was moved to hear of the passing of our former colleague Phil.

Phil Hoadley was a gentleman and an all-round great guy – a real character. Our thoughts and love go to Mandy, Danny, Tommy and Kelly, Phil’s grandchildren, family and friends.

Following a successful professional playing career, Phil had several roles and commitments. He joined us in 1997, back when we were known as Football in the Community (or FITC to many). Like, many other staff his role was to bring the power of Norwich City into schools, local communities and provide positive footballing experiences for players of all abilities. Phil also supported many coaches through their first FA Coaching qualification, and worked with some talented local players in our Player Development Centres and Academy. Phil was a talented and engaging coach who motivated all around him.

At home games, Phil would run our match day clubs. He’d supervise children from local grassroots clubs, walking them from Trowse training ground to games at Carrow Road. While many of the children didn’t really know about Phil’s career as a professional footballer, their City-supporting mums and dads certainly did.

Phil was just great at inspiring and teaching people, giving them skills and memories for life. His humour and charisma would light up the office, classroom or pitch. His knowledge and personality always left a positive impression on the hundreds of children he coached.

He will be missed, but never forgotten. RIP, ‘Geez’.

Phil HoadleyPhil Hoadley

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A Tribute to Phil Hoadley

3rd June 2024

A Tribute to Phil Hoadley

Ahead of Phil Hoadley’s funeral, Ian Thornton OBE shares a tribute to a much-loved former colleague.