Brian Mawhinney: Tributes as former Football League chairman dies aged 79

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Lord Mawhinney oversaw several significant changes to the Football LeagueTributes have been paid to former Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney who has died aged 79.The Belfast-born Conservative peer led the league, now known as the EFL, for seven years from 2003.Lord Mawhinney was awarded life membership of the organisation in 2012.”Everyone associated with the EFL is saddened to hear of the loss of Lord Mawhinney, a hugely respected and influential figure in our recent past,” said EFL chair Rick Parry.He said Mawhinney had “a significant impact on the wider game”.In a statement, his family said the “much-loved husband, father and grandfather and a friend to many” died on Saturday after a long illness.”His death brings an end to a life dedicated to public service and rooted in an unwavering Christian faith,” the statement said.Conservative peer Brian Mawhinney dies a

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