Trafford Football Club is mourning the loss of founder member and club president, David Brown, who died last Friday, aged 75.

He was a well-known figure in non-league circles, joining Old Urmstonians in the late 1960s as a player and eventually becoming club secretary.

He joined the committee at Flixton Football Club in the mid 1980s, but resigned in 1990 when, along with David Law, John Harrison and Bill Whitten, he became a founder member of Trafford Football Club.

Brown was the driving force in the development of the club’s Shawe View ground, overseeing the construction of stands, perimeter fencing, floodlights and accommodation that transformed the stadium into one of the most picturesque in the North West.

It also meant Trafford were able to move rapidly up the non-league pyramid, moving through the Mid-Cheshire League and the North West Counties League into the Northern Premier League.

Initially, he was secretary of Trafford but his vast knowledge and experience of non-league football meant he assumed the role of chairman after several years.

However, in 2002 David and his wife Joan moved to the North Lancashire area and so he relinquished the chairman’s position to become club president.

Despite that move up north, he still made the long journey down to his beloved club several times each week.

Since the announcement of his death, social media has been awash with tributes and flowers were laid in the centre circle at Shawe View.

In addition, there will be a minutes silence before Tuesday’s Manchester Premier Cup tie against Hyde United.