In Les I have lost a dear friend. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.
Les and I spoke the same language – literally. He was born in Budapest; I was born in a small village nearby.
We both arrived in Australia in the 1950s.
We both brought with us a love of football. Football was our common cause.
He was one of its most loyal sons and never lost faith in the beautiful game, or its potential in this country.
As such he was an invaluable ally and adviser to me, and a tireless promoter of the game.
There will be another opportunity to pay my respects to Les, and to his legacy, but for now I want to join with the entire football community in mourning the loss of this kind and generous man.
His infectious love of life made him such fun to be around, and I will miss him.