FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written a heartfelt letter to George Peat, the President of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) upon learning of the death of Ernie Walker, the SFA’s former secretary.
Mr. Walker initially joined the SFA as a chief clerk in 1958 and became secretary in 1977. During his 13 years in the position, Scotland qualified for five consecutive FIFA World Cups and was still extremely active in the years following his retirement, assisting the SFA, UEFA and FIFA on a number of key issues.
In the FIFA President’s letter to his counterpart at the SFA, President Blatter was eager to highlight the sterling work that Walker did for world football’s governing body through his inclusion on a number of FIFA committees, including Appeals, Protocol and Youth Competitions.
“The list of his contribution to our game and to FIFA is long,” wrote President Blatter. “The world of football will miss him – I will miss a true friend.
"On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to extend our condolences to you, to the Scottish football community, and, most importantly, to Ernie Walker’s family, friends and loved ones.”
Walker’s influence was wide and far-reaching. He was made an OBE in the New Year's Honours List of 1988 for services to football, and was also given the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1995 for services to health education in Scotland.