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Dagenham & Redbridge’s long-standing kit man Bill Edmans has passed away at the age of 87.

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Edmans passed away in his sleep last night (Saturday, February 15) and had been a volunteer with the club for 30 years – joining them under the guise of Walthamstow Avenue in 1984, and never took a wage throughout that time.

During his time with the club he’d worked under eight different managers and was a well known face not just around Victoria Road, but also on the away days, regularly travelling with first team.

Players past and present took to social networking site Twitter to mourn Bill’s passing.

First-team manager Wayne Burnett: Absolutely gutted that our kit man Bill Edmans passed away. He was a true gentleman & friend. A massive part of what Dagenham & Redbridge is all about.

First-team coach Darren Currie: So gutted to hear the terribly sad news our Kitman and our friend Bill has passed, a true dagger and a real gentleman RIP Bill

Luke Howell: Devastating news about Bill the kit man.loved being in his company, funny and caring. He will be truly missed, Dagenham & Redbridge will not be the same!

Record appearance holder Tony Roberts: Am gutted to hear my old kitman Bill Edmans passed away... Ledge of a man! #truedagger

Sam Saunders: Terrible news Bill Edmans Dagenham & Redbridge kitman has passed away absolutely loved that bloke great championship winning memories with him ❤ #rip

He had a cracking set of ears and used to kiss them before every game for good luck will be sorely missed daggers legend #ripbill

Mark Arber: RIP Bill Edmans, a true legend of the football club. One of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

Dave Rainford: Bill Edmans what a wonderful man, a special part of the club... he will be missed dearly Rest In Peace Bill.

Glen Southam: absolutely devastated bill was a special part of a special time at the club and was a man i and us all had a great bond with. Will miss him dearly and never forgotten! Please name stand at the club for him rip billy x

Sam Sloma: Terrible news about Bill Edmans. A true Daggers legend. #rip

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