Robert Chase, Former Norwich Chairman, Dies at 84

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Robert Chase, the former Norwich City chairman who oversaw the club’s most successful period in its history, has died at the age of 84.

Chase, who was born in Norwich in 1935, was a lifelong fan of the Canaries and was appointed chairman in 1992. He was a key figure in the club’s rise to the Premier League in 1995 and their subsequent success in the top flight.

Chase was a passionate and committed chairman who was determined to make Norwich a success. He was a shrewd operator in the transfer market, signing players such as Chris Sutton, Ruel Fox and Darren Eadie who helped the club to two successive top-six finishes in the Premier League.

He was also a popular figure among the fans, and was known for his willingness to engage with supporters and listen to their views.

Chase was also a successful businessman, having founded the Chase Corporation in the 1960s. He was a generous benefactor to the club, donating money to help fund the construction of the new Carrow Road stand in 1995.

Chase stepped down as chairman in 1997, but remained a life-long supporter of the club. He was a regular at Carrow Road and was often seen in the directors’ box.

He died after a short illness, and his death has been met with sadness by the Norwich City community.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the football world, with former players, managers and fans all paying their respects.

The club’s current chairman, Ed Balls, said: “Robert was a great man and a great chairman. He was a passionate and committed supporter of Norwich City and his legacy will live on in the club’s history.”

The club’s chief executive, Steve Stone, added: “Robert was a true gentleman and a great friend to the club. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Norwich City.”

Robert Chase will be remembered as one of the most influential figures in Norwich City’s history. He was a passionate and committed chairman who helped to transform the club from a mid-table side to one of the most successful teams in the Premier League. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.