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The PL League Boss
Apr 28, 2006
PL Headquarters Hullbridge
It is with a heavy heart that Geoff (shrimpfan) and I have to report the death of Richard Fugl (blue scorpion) last weekend aged 65. For those that don't know Richard here are a few details.

Richard lived in the Park Street area originally (later Inverness Avenue not sure after that) and went to Westcliff high school while his brother Robert Fugl went to Southchurch as did Geoff and I, and through a love of Southend United I came to know Richard. Soon we were regulars on the Youth Section Coaches to away games going to the delights of Darlington, Workington etc. Robert was a big lad but Richard was a giant in comparison and was often known as "big Richard". He always liked a drink and only those with a suicidal tendencies would try to keep up with him.

Robert was the wild one in his younger days and it was Richard trying to calm things down and it was a huge surprise when Robert joined the police and had a very successful career, however I share the distinction with Richard and Robert of being thrown out of two police bars(Oxford training centre and Southend Vic Avenue).

I hitch-hiked to the Munich Beer festival with Richard, the attraction for him was the Beer not the Germanic way of life.

Richard was one of the Shrewsbury eight mentioned previously http://www.shrimperzone.com/vb/showthread.php?88861-Have-you-been-to-Shrewsbury

Another of our group was Keithie (Gus) Summers and in the late 60s and early 70s the Spread was our local and many a few pints were downed there. After Keith's sad passing some ten years ago we organised several memorial away days to the first being Notts County which was full of incident.

Richard sat in the West Stand and would go out the back at half time for a fag, it was there that the last words he said to me was "Notts County what a day that was" with a twinkle in his eye.

Another good mate sadly missed.