Tributes have flowed following the shock loss of Brimscombe and Thrupp FC legend John Mutton and his wife Joyce.
The former Brimscombe secretary and his wife died of Covid within 19 hours of each other.
John served the Lilywhites in a number of roles, including press officer, club secretary, trustee and vice president during more than 30 years of service.
Brimscombe chairman Clive Baker led the tributes, by saying: “Devastated by the loss of our great friends John and Joyce, the simple truth is how do you replace a club legend. The club will carry on but his loss will always be felt by everyone, RIP John you did more than your share in our success over the years. Rest easy my friend with your wife.”
Brimscombe boss Sam Prior said he will miss the man who chased him off the pitch as a boy, saying: “A truly wonderful man. Supported me as manager of the club, chased me off the pitch as a 10-year-old and gave so much to local football in general. Will miss his random phone calls at 11pm to chat football. My condolences to your family.”
Former manager and player Phil Baker added: “Simply the best volunteer any football club could ever wish for, so loyal. Alongside my dad you would be at the top of my list of people who influenced and supported me in all my years in football.”
Brimscombe goalkeeper Adam Thomas spoke of his disbelief at the passing of the much-loved couple, he said: “I’m completely shell-shocked about John and Joyce. John was a big supporter of me personally and was always so positive to me through my ups and downs. I respected him and will miss you both.”
The Stroud-based club is set to mourn the couple at tomorrow night’s Hellenic Premier Division fixture at home to Royal Wootton Bassett with a minute’s silence before the 7.45pm kick-off and will also honour John and Joyce on Friday night when Brimscombe Veterans face Rodborough Old Boys with the game kicking-off at 7pm.
Proceeds from the game will go to Longfield Hospice.