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Matthew Benham: "I knew Rob as a warm, intelligent, funny and witty man"

Brentford owner pays tribute to Technical Director Robert Rowan who died on Monday, aged 28

14 November 2018

The death of Robert Rowan has come as a great shock to me and to many others at the Club. I am truly devastated, particularly for his wife and family. I knew Rob as a warm, intelligent, funny and witty man. He was great company and he loved his family a great deal. He will be missed by all at the Club and also by his friends and family.

Not only was Rob warm and funny, he was fantastic at his job. He came to us four years ago and has done a variety of jobs but has mostly concentrated on the scouting of players. He understood the needs of the Club and his judgement was trusted by those he worked with.

A lot of the day-to-day work looking for players was done by Rob and there will be a legacy at Brentford in the players that he helped bring to us. When you run a Club as we do with a need to do transfer business to fund the ongoing costs you need someone as good as Rob. We were pleased we had him and saw a bright future for him with us.

He also did some fantastic work with the B Team. That was a role he loved and a lot of the success of that project so far is down to Rob and we want to continue his work over the coming years. That would be a great tribute to him.

Most of all, Rob was my friend. We would talk regularly and go for dinner and I would watch matches with him. I enjoyed being around him and I will miss him.

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