MID Wales football has united in mourning the passing of Bob Williams.

The Llanrhaeadr Football Club legend passed away earlier this week, leaving a massive whole in the community and Mid Wales football.

A club statement issued on Wednesday evening, read: "It is with great sadness that the club announce the passing of club stalwart Bob Williams this morning.

"Bob had a long association with the club as a player, manager, chairman and committee member.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this difficult time."

MMP-NL Mid Wales League spokesman Richie Jenkins paid tribute to a friend who had helped shape Mid Wales football for decades.

Jenkins said: "I am deeply, deeply upset that Bob has passed away”

"His passing is a a great loss to football.”

“He really was a super guy and I’m absolutely gutted with the loss of Bob Williams.”

Football Association of Wales (FAW) councillor Graham Evans added: "This is very sad news, Bob was a true gentleman and football through and through. Bob contributed so much to Llanrhaeadr Football Club and Mid Wales football. Thoughts are with everyone at this difficult time."

Clubs from across Central Wales paid tribute to popular clubman and league official.

Former Bow Street manager Huw Bates said: "I have very happy memories of Bob during my six years as manager of Bow Street and he was instrumental in the infamous landing of the helicopter on the pitch. A true gent and a proper clubman. Rest in peace my friend."

Meanwhile Llanrhaeadr players also took to social media to pay their respects to a man who had done so much to help their own careers.

Tom Bailey said: "I am absolutely gutted. Bob supported me personally with football from the early days of reserve football to where I am now as well the rest of the lads I’ve played with.

"I will miss the knuckle touch, handshake or ‘come on Bailey Boy’ as I enter or come off the pitch."

Llanrhaeadr open their JD Cymru North campaign at home to Penrhyncoch on Saturday with the club's return to their home ground following a season in Llansantffraid while Tanllan was brought up to criteria.