Rest in peace Big Baz.
Crewe Alexandra sadly lost another of our unsung heroes yesterday.
Barry Daly, 63, sadly passed away and the club lost another of those essential people, who make Football Clubs tick behind the scenes. Barry was certainly one those and a lot more to many of us.
Much of his work behind the scenes probably went unseen by most supporters, but those inside the club always knew that they could rely on ‘Baz’. He would always try and help you out if he could. Always.
He was one of those guys, who if you were stranded on the side of the M6, he would come out at whatever time to rescue you.
He worked all hours and travelled the length of the country with his beloved Crewe Alexandra. He absolutely loved his family, the Crewe family and his football.
He was given the honour of driving the team coach into Wembley Stadium for the play-off final in 2012, realising a long-standing ambition. It was his greatest day in football with his grandson also chosen as our mascot.
He thoroughly enjoyed those days out at Wembley and being associated with his local football club.
One of the club’s main highlights of that play-off final was Baz, being Baz, so nearly spoiling the after match celebration when he literally rocked the podium that had been set-up on the Wembley pitch for the group picture with the trophy.
If that podium had toppled over it would have been one of the most hilarious moments Wembley had ever seen! Luckily, Bazza just about kept his balance.
That sums Baz up perfectly. He was selfless and dependable, but above always great fun. He enjoyed life and was great company to be around. He always had a smile on his face, taking the banter off the scholars, the pros and the staff and giving it back in spades. He was a real character that football and life needs.
You just do not know how many lives he actually touched in some way until he has gone.
A lot people in football know of him and remember him. Ex-players would seek him out at visiting grounds and the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Mick McCarthy, Brendan Rodgers and Phil Brown always stopped and spoke with Baz. They all remembered him.
He drove us all around at some point in his career and our red mini-bus will never be the same without Big Baz at the wheel. Now when we see it, we will be expecting to see his beaming smile coming back at us, or him laughing at us about something. He was that kind of guy and we will all miss him terribly.
Rest In Peace Baz.
Our deepest sympathies go to his devoted wife, Judith, all this family and friends.
And to all those who knew of Big Baz, the man who called himself the International Taxi Driver, but once got lost trying to find the Boot & Shoe in Nantwich!
World class, you certainly were mate.