West Ham joint-chairman David Gold has died aged 86 following a short illness, the club has confirmed. Check out his death here.
David Gold, West Ham Chairman, dies at age of 86.
David Gold, the co-chairman of Premier League club West Ham since 2010, has died following a short illness. He was 86.
It is with deep sadness that West Ham United FC confirm that Joint-Chairman David Gold passed away peacefully this morning following a short illness.— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 4, 2023
Gold, whose death was announced by the Premier League club on Wednesday, loved West Ham.
He was a promising schoolboy footballer who represented represented the club’s boys’ team between the ages of 13 and 16 and later appeared in the youth team.
In a statement, co-chairman Sullivan said: “On behalf of everyone at the football club, it is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, David Gold.
It was a hard road. Gold recalled growing up in “abject poverty” and said his family had no money. He started work aged 14 in an attempt to make ends meet.
“Of all our joint ventures, none gave us more pride and happiness than the day we took ownership of West Ham United, our Club, in January 2010. David had a long-standing connection with the Hammers, having grown up opposite the Boleyn Ground in Green Street, and represented the Club at junior level. He always wanted what was best for West Ham United, and his passing is a great loss for all of us.”
Gold and his brother, Ralph, would later own Gold Group International, the parent company of Knickerbox and the Ann Summers chain of adult stores.
Hammers manager David Moyes also paid tribute to Gold, adding: “I am extremely sad to hear this news and, on behalf of all of the players and my staff at the training ground, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to David Gold’s family at this very difficult time.