It was a great sadness to all his many friends in the Trust and at the club in general when we heard that our Treasurer, Phil Carder had died on Saturday.
Phil had supported Southport since the early 1960s and had been Treasurer of Trust In Yellow since its formation in 2006. A retired accountant Phil was the perfect Treasurer in that he was completely reliable and calm with the expertise that guaranteed that the Trusts financial affairs were being run properly whether it was cashing the takings at the Race Night or dealing with the Financial Standards Authority. But more than the usual Treasurers role Phil did so much more for the Trust especially the demanding and sometimes thankless job of organising the coaches to away matches which he did with Alan Scarisbrick.
When Phil was diagnosed with leukaemia last Spring he calmly informed the members of Trust board that since he had probably less than two years to live we needed to be planning for the future to cover his work as Treasurer. In the months that followed, despite deteriorating health, he continued to carry out his role brilliantly including the fantastic organisation of the coaches to Derby. Not only did he book all the coaches but spent many hours at the club with Alan taking bookings. It was particularly unfortunate that his condition worsened and at the last minute he was unable to go to watch the match. On what was otherwise a brilliant day the fact that Phil was not there to enjoy it with us was very sad.
Phil was that most loyal of Southport supporters who has stuck by the club through the ups and downs of both league and non-league. His friends who he stood with on the popular side near the half way line are going to miss him greatly at home matches as are all of us who enjoyed his company at various grounds round the country.
Away from football Phil had many other interests including cricket. He played in the Southport and District League for many years and in fact was the Treasurer of the League. The picture was taken a couple of years ago when he was in Perth watching a Test Match between Australia and England.
In everything he did for the Trust, Phil showed a characteristic expertise and authority combined with modesty and good humour. As a Trust we are going to miss him immensely but everyone who knew him is going to feel his loss as a friend even more. Phil was one of those people about whom no-one who knew him ever had a bad word to say. We send our great sympathy to his family for their loss.
Trust In Yellow and everyone who knew him are going to be very much the worse for the passing of Phil Carder.