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Tributes flood in for 'Bundy'
7:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A GENTLEMAN that would do anything for anyone.
That is how friends describe Alan ‘Bundy’ Clare who died after falling from a hotel balcony in Spain on Friday.
Teammates at Bank Quay Bulls rugby league club, where the 34-year-old played for 15 years, spoke fondly of the man they called ‘king of practical jokes’.
Former Warrington Wolves winger Mark Forster, who now plays for Bank Quay, said: “When I was coaching at Rylands (rugby league club) we played Bank Quay and when we were warming up he came into the dressing room and soaked all of our clothes.
“He was mischievious, but one of those guys that turn into part of your family.”
A former academy player at Salford Reds, Mr Clare started as a prop at Bank Quay Bulls, but ‘could play anywhere’.
“We’d call him a utility player when he was dropped,” joked teammate Richard Ross.
“He was the sort of guy who would get out of bed at 3am to come and pick you up if you couldn’t get home.
“Bundy never had a bad word to say about anyone.
“He was an all round good guy.”
The 13 shirt has now been retired in his honour.
John Barry, chairman, said: “He was the biggest character, always in the middle of everything.
“Off the pitch he was one of the lads and on it he gave 100 per cent.”
The former St Augustine’s Primary School pupil was close to his parents and sister Caroline. The family is not yet ready to speak.
He grew up in Dallam, and also lived in Latchford, before moving to Orford.
Bundy was a former pupil at Cardinal Newman High School, Bridgewater Avenue, Latchford.
In a statement the school said: "Our prayers and thoughts are with Alan's family and friends at this sad time.
"He was a happy and outgoing pupil who made a positive contribution to our school community."
A van driver for AAH Pharmaceuticals on Woburn Road, Bundy and was known for his lively sense of humour and love for life.
The Kings of Leon fan enjoyed music festivals and was popular with friend’s families, often joining them on holidays to Turkey and Spain, acting as ‘babysitter’ to play endlessly with children.
Bundy, who in January broke his leg playing an athletics computer game, was last seen by friends on Wednesday night at a curry house in Manchester.
He left for Spain the following morning.
During the meal he joked it was his ‘last supper’ as he was not planning to eat much during the doomed holiday in Benidorm.
Close friend Paul Cragg, aged 32, of Towers Court, Bewsey, recalled nights of clubbing in the town centre as teenagers.
He said: “ Bundy was a gentleman who loved to party and travel “He touched so many people and lived life to the full.
“We're all going to miss him.”
Events to raise money towards Bundy’s funeral take place this weekend.
Tomorrow, friday, a charity night is being held at Bank Quay Club, Green Street.
There will be live music and entertainment.
Entry is £20 On Sunday, a charity football match takes place at Dallam Park.
Between Racing Rovers and Aah Drivers, it starts at 2pm.
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