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West Bromwich Albion club president John Silk dies

John Silk
Image caption Former chairman John Silk became club president in 2003

The president of West Bromwich Albion football club, John Silk, has died at the age of 89 after a short illness, the club has said.

Mr Silk was made a club director in 1984 and became chairman in 1988, a position he held for four years.

He became president in 2003, taking over from the late Sir Bert Millichip.

Flags at The Hawthorns have been lowered to half mast and a minute's applause will be held before the match against Newcastle later, the club said.

Chairman Jeremy Peace told the club's official website: "John was very proud to be club president and took his duties very seriously.

"Until his illness, he was a constant presence at home and away matches.

"John was a quiet but very honourable man and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

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