It was with sadness that we learnt today of the death of Brian Lomax a founding father of the Supporters Trust Movement. Brian provided significant support and assistance to QPR1st during its formation and particularly in its early years and some will remember him speaking at the Hammersmith town hall meeting in April 2002.
Supporters Direct have issued the following:
We are deeply saddened to hear that Brian Lomax OBE has passed away this morning.
Brian was the inspiration behind the Supporters’ Trust movement through his work at Northampton Town in the early 1990’s, becoming the first supporter elected director of a football club after the supporters and community rallied round to save the club in 1992.
This pioneering approach led to the Football Task Force report in 1999 recommending the widespread establishment of Supporters’ Trusts to replicate this work. Brian was instrumental in the formation of Supporters Direct for this purpose and was appointed our first Managing Director. He would later become Chair of the organisation.
In both positions and throughout SD’s existence, Brian’s skills, experience and warmth have been at the heart of our movement, and in him, we had our truly inspirational founding father.
His role in changing the way football is run was recognised with an OBE for services to the game in the same year as he stepped down as Chair, 2009.
Despite all these accolades anyone who knew Brian will remember him above all as being a kind, humble and caring man. His life touched and inspired many people, and his legacy will live on.