C&H founder Hughie Southon laid to rest

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Today, Claret & Hugh founder Hughie Southon was laid to rest in a service attended by close friends and family.

It would have been Hughie’s 80th birthday today, and I’m sure he would have been delighted to know that so many cared about him. Hugh enjoyed a stellar journalistic career, working for most Fleet Street newspapers, but he particularly loved covering his beloved West Ham.

He was most proud of being the great Bobby Moore’s ghost-writer, and recently, Hammers chairman David Sullivan spoke of Hughie and Bobby’s close relationship when all three worked together.

Hugh’s brother, Eric, paid an emotional and heartfelt tribute during a touching service, where he regaled all present with stories of their upbringing and shared love for football. It was a moving epitaph from a wonderful man who shares so many similarities with his brother.

He will of course be greatly missed by Hughie’s daughters, Katie and Michelle, as well as his grandchildren Josh & Caitlin.

Myself and Sean would like to thank Micky Bubbles, who drove up from Stratford to Rugby to supply one of the bubble machines he uses on match day at the London Stadium. Fittingly, Hugh was accompanied both in and out of the service to a rendition of ‘Bubbles’… just as he requested.

I’ll miss you, mate.

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