Nyasa Big Bullets founding fathers, John Gilmore, has died in England.

Gilmore, who was credited with the formation of the club in 1967, died in the early hours of Tuesday when he was being taken to the hospital.

The founding father adopted the name ‘Bullets’ from his United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) friends.

In the same year, the late Gilmore brought in some players from Blantyre City Assembly, notable faces included the late Henry Moyo, Justin Banda, John Mpesi and Charles Kagwa.

A year after forming the club, Gilmore was approached by Bata Shoe Company to sponsor the club and changed the club from Bullets to Bata Bullets.

The late Gilmore, who was serving as both the team manager and coach, brought in more players, including legendary striker Kinnah Phiri and Henry Kapalamula.

He then adopted the red colors as he was a staunch Manchester United fan.

Whilst in Malawi, Gilmore was residing in Thyolo at Bvumbwe before relocating back to UK in 2013.

In a tribute on Tuesday, the club said in a statement:

“The board, management, staff and all the supporters of Nyasa Big Bullets FC are saddened by the death of its legendary coach and team manager Mr John Gilmore.

“The legacy of Mr Gilmore will remain in our hearts and minds even after his passing. The history of this great football club is incomplete without Mr Gilmore.

“Our condolences go to his family during their bereavement. May the soul of Mr John Gilmore Rest In Glorious Peace.”