Everyone who knew him will recall fond memories and great stories of the times spent with this legend of a man.
All love and condolences to his family and his many many friends.
From Lenny Jameson, Tommy Mac, Colin Green and Alan Miller (Molly)
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1 Posted 15/09/2016 at 19:38:32
Sincere condolences to all connected with Freddie.
2 Posted 15/09/2016 at 20:00:14
Glad I had a little laugh with Freddie, in Tommy Frosts, after the Spurs game, but it's really sad to think I will never see him again following his be-loved Everton.
R-I-P Freddie, to as good an Evertonian, as I've ever met. Xx
3 Posted 15/09/2016 at 20:18:25
I met him in the clinic in Everton Road a couple of years ago, I had something wrong with me, nothing to worry about, he had had his leg off, sitting in his wheelchair, he was worried about me: was I all right, "Fuck me," I said, "What about you"; "I'm fine, this won't stop me from watching the Blues," and it didn't. Lovely to have known you, Freddie, and proud to call you a friend. Goodnight and God bless. One of the good guys.
4 Posted 15/09/2016 at 20:19:57
Freddie knew people everywhere. The Everton London supporters club above the Moreton Arms. St Finbar's club in Coventry which was our stop on the way home from games down south.
Everywhere we went, people loved him. I saw him most weeks in his wheelchair, going to his spec by the church in Gwladys Street. He always had a smile and a word for everyone.
Although we'll have our happy and funny memories of him, our Blue family is much the poorer without him.
He was a giant of a man in every sense.
Goodnight, God bless, Fred.
5 Posted 15/09/2016 at 20:24:43
6 Posted 15/09/2016 at 22:09:35
Loved and respected by all that knew him. Hopefully Everton FC will commemorate his passing, as a true Evertonian. Not many of us will get Everton fan of the Year. RIP, Big Fred.
7 Posted 15/09/2016 at 00:00:23
Reading these memories, I've no doubt whatsoever he's a gent with whom I would've easily been fast mates. By the look of it, heaven just got a whole lot Blue-er. Be well, everyone.
8 Posted 16/09/2016 at 09:09:29
9 Posted 16/09/2016 at 13:46:33
We were the Lennon & McCartney of the Gwladys St Glee Club, Big Fred was even worse than Police for crap rhymes. All Blues of a certain age knew and loved the man
Condolences to his family and friends.
Freddie Armstrong...gentleman and Evertonian
10 Posted 16/09/2016 at 16:16:37
I remember meeting him outside the ground in Athens for the Europa League tie, he quickly offered me a can out of his bag which was slung over the back of his wheelchair!
The line,"Once a Blue ALWAYS a Blue" is certainly true in Freddie's case, RIP.
11 Posted 16/09/2016 at 16:42:09
Great Evertonian. Will miss you, Fred SPAM
12 Posted 16/09/2016 at 17:00:33
Last time I had a chat was 2 years ago at the Central Hall in Renshaw Street. remembering our 62-63 league title.
Condolences to Freddie's family and friends.
14 Posted 16/09/2016 at 17:12:50
15 Posted 16/09/2016 at 17:20:12
16 Posted 16/09/2016 at 20:50:51
17 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:26:02
18 Posted 17/09/2016 at 12:20:56
So sad about Freddie. We've got great memories of a great man. Brilliant times weren't they?
We'll have to make sure we can all get to the funeral. Give him a great send off. See you soon.
19 Posted 17/09/2016 at 14:34:32
About a dozen of us would go out in town Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights or to away games. Together when we won the Cup in 66 and met Ali.
Got him into Lairds in 68; we worked together and he would come to my mums for dinner. We would go on the beer on Thursday when we were paid.
With me the night my daughter was born. At my 21st and recently at my 70th. Top, Top man did so much for others, getting tickets, arranging travel often at a loss to himself.
The gang still meet in town but it is an afternoon thing now. It just won't be the same without Fred but we will carry on. He will be missed but always with us. Once a Blue, always a Blue.
21 Posted 17/09/2016 at 16:04:09
I am Fred's son. I will post details of funeral in due course.
Thank you for all your kind words. NSNO.
22 Posted 17/09/2016 at 21:21:16
23 Posted 18/09/2016 at 17:38:19
24 Posted 19/09/2016 at 01:04:01
I first met him at Cammell Lairds in 1973, I was a young (16) ship building apprentice fresh out of the Cammell Lairds Apprentice school.
When I first joined the adult world of Lairds, one of the first questions you were asked – “are you blue or red?”
Most of Lairds in those days was blue (5,000 worked there) every body told me when they knew where my affiliations lie was, “well you have to meet Fred!”.
I first made my steps in to the "bays" at Lairds (where they pre fabricated the ships), I didnt know then, but Big Fred was the biggest blue I would ever meet.
Even in those days, the blues went the matches, the reds read the Echo. And didnt Fred like to remind them!
Through out my time at Lairds and way beyond in the 80s, 90s, Fred run the coaches / buses to all the away games - otherwise known as “Freddie's Tours”. Those who went on those trips will never forget them, the travelling, the ales, the friendship, the supporting and following the blues.
I left Lairds and I moved down south to Portsmouth. Not following the blues over 260 miles away was not an option, especially when you have some one to inspire you like Fred, I still kept in touch with him, and met him at many, many matches over the years.
Fred even worked down in Portsmouth for a while and of course still went to every home and away game and became a member of our club.
In 2010 Fred had to have a leg amputated, do you think it would stop him going the match? No!
He wanted to go to Sporting Lisbon not long after he lost his leg, and asked my advice about getting there by train (he was advised not to fly because of his leg).
I said get a train to London, then to France then to Spain then to Portugal etc, not thinking he would do it.
Fred went by him self, in a wheel chair…he never crossed his mind not to go and watch the blues.
Everywhere you went around the country (and Europe) Fred would be there, like a rallying call and beacon to all things Everton, if you went to a home or away Everton game, you had a mate and some one you could talk to, if he was there - he had time for every one.
Now he has gone to see Dixie, Bally and Labby, I am sure he will regale them with the countless stories he has in following the blues, not as a player or a director, or other big wig in the club, but as a follower and supporter of the best club side in the world.
In all the time I have known Fred, he is quite simply the biggest blue and nicest person I have ever met. A true gentleman.
They dont and wont make the like of him any more.
RIP Big Fred
26 Posted 19/09/2016 at 09:24:42
27 Posted 19/09/2016 at 14:25:12
28 Posted 20/09/2016 at 17:59:15
Announcement should be in the Echo on Thursday.
Thank you for all your kind words
29 Posted 20/09/2016 at 19:16:34
32 Posted 21/09/2016 at 11:05:04
33 Posted 21/09/2016 at 19:34:47
A true blue, a true gent, a great and lovely man who will be so sadly missed. RIP Freddie.
Bill, West Country Blues.
34 Posted 22/09/2016 at 11:36:17
Thanks for the memories, Freddie, and RIP.
35 Posted 23/09/2016 at 23:01:13
We would always be talking about how the Blues were doing. He was the biggest Blue ever. Sorry I never kept in touch, Fred.
36 Posted 26/09/2016 at 13:07:55
37 Posted 27/09/2016 at 14:08:41
From that first moment he came across as a very likeable and special bloke. With always a kind word.
Will be sadly missed.
38 Posted 27/09/2016 at 16:52:48
It was moving to see so many elderly fans who had made the effort to be there, many with canes and other medical aides. It was a long service with a few giving their stories of Freddie's efforts to see Everton all over Europe by various means.
The funeral party made their way to Goodison Park where the celebration of Freddie's life was held. He had a very good send off which was fitting for a great Evertonian who will be missed by many but never forgotten by them.
39 Posted 29/09/2016 at 09:28:49
The other "lads" Alan Wilson, Dave Ollier, Peter Horn and myself have been friends with Fred for more than 50 years.
We were also all with Fred a couple of weeks ago and he will always be with us.
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