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Millwall FC owner John Berylson dies aged 70 in 'tragic accident'

Millwall FC owner John Berylson dies aged 70 in 'tragic accident'

Millwall's owner John Berylson died in an accident at the age of 70, the Championship football team has confirmed

Millwall FC’s owner John Berylson has died in a ‘tragic accident’, the club has confirmed.

American Berylson became involved with the South London team back in 2006 before buying a significant number of shares in 2007.

The 70-year-old’s football club announced his death in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday night (July 4).

"It is with a collective broken heart and the deepest of regret that we announce the passing of our beloved owner and chairman, John Berylson," the statement reads.

"John's sudden and tragic passing will unquestionably impact all those who were fortunate to have known him.

“He was a truly great man, incredibly devoted to his family, and a person of such remarkable generosity, warmth, and kindness.

John Berylson became involved with Millwall in 2006.

"He lived a storied life, one full of colour and joy, and was infinitely thoughtful of others with an endless desire to share his immense knowledge and experiences to help people."

So far, no more details about the circumstances have been made public.

Berylson is survived by his wife Amy as well as three children, Jennifer, James, and Elizabeth.

He came into the club as chairman replacing Stewart Till in 2007, and was at the helm for two promotions into the Championship, the second tier of English football.

In this year’s competition, the Lions narrowly missed out on the play-offs and the chance to fight for a spot in the lucrative Premier League, finishing in eighth position.

The club statement continued: "Under John's passionate leadership and guidance, Millwall has enjoyed tremendous success and stability.

"Since first becoming involved in the club in 2006, he has presided over some of the greatest moments in Millwall's history, and his influence in providing the platform for those was immeasurable.

"John continued to speak eagerly about the new season and his vision for the future, and any success moving forward will be in his memory and honour.

“It will be his legacy. John revelled in the club's underdog status and mentality. He related strongly to such values and identity and adored Millwall supporters.

"He was fiercely loyal to all his staff, and both they and the fan base will miss him beyond measure."

Berylson has died at the age of 70.
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Paying tribute to Berylson, the English Football League tweeted: "The EFL is shocked and saddened by the news and sends its deepest condolences to John's family and everyone connected with Millwall."

Ex-Millwall star Alan Dunne – a veteran of nearly 350 appearances for the club – also wrote: "My deepest condolences to not only my Chairman for many years but also friend,

"John was a gentleman who put Millwall back on the map.

“What he has done for the club will always be remembered and can only thank him for everything he done for me and MILLWALL. Rip JB."

Fans who wish to pay their respects can do so in a book of condolences that will open at 11:00am at The Den on Wednesday.

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Topics: UK News, Sport, London, Football