Thursday 3 December 2020 … final tribute to a lost legend and football friend

Update tonight – Ashford & District Sunday League have cancelled all fixtures until 3 January 2021

Update tonight – message from Alex Potts that U10 Hurricanes match on Saturday has been called off by Biddenden

Update today – U10 McDonalds away to Wittersham has been called off by Wittersham

Frequently asked question – Hi Dave is training on tonight?

Consistent answer – YES!

Birthday greetings Thursday to starlets of the stage Leah and Chloe and Jayde Steadman!

Lots of changes this weekend … please refer to the Events & Fixtures page

Training tonight at Repton – 5pm DH with U7/8s Development Group followed by DH with U13s EKYL @6pm then 7pm Will with the U18s. Bring shin pads and astros and wrap up warm if it is a bit nippy!

Training tonight at Kingswood – 5pm Dean with U8s DVS followed by Alex Potts with U10 Hurricanes @6pm plus U12s DVS with Dean also @6pm

Tribute to Stanley Donald

Our final goodbye to Stan will be on Monday 7 December 2020 at Charing Crematorium @10am. Only family flowers. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory are invited to support the Pilgrims Hospice. Due to current covid restrictions, only 4 BGFC representatives are permitted to attend. They are Chris Dorsett (Hon President), Peter Intrieri (Vice President), Ciaran McQuillan (Vice President) and Dave Homewood (Hon Patron).

Stan, a left-footed midfielder famed for his 40-yard back passes, came down from Glasgow to work and play for the then Kent Paper Company. He joined Bromley Green in 1978 and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Part of my illustrious squad, along with Chris, that won the Kent Amateur League title in its final season before the advent of the Kent County League, Stan was a true and loyal clubman. He went on to make 153 official league and cup appearances, notching 14 goals, before devoting much of his time and energy to administrative roles both with the Green and various competitions such as the Kent County League, Weald of Kent Charity Cup and the Ashford Charity Trophy. Always candid and honest, Stan occupied with great pride, efficiency and expertise the high posts of BG Chairman and General Secretary. It is an indisputable fact that Stan’s experience and presence was a crucial factor in our years of rebuild that reaped unprecedented success. That experience and knowledge cannot be bought and will be sorely missed.

Away from the field of play, many memories come flooding back. Committee meetings long into the night, Stan’s work for charity and the Buffaloes and, in latter times, his efforts to support the Pilgrims Hospice. Social friends at the Cons Club … one could go on.

Stan, as with many of us elder, Old School, football people, made no secret of his disillusionment with the political correctness that has infiltrated the game we all love, and indeed permeated society itself. A fiesty old debate with opponents (or, often, our own players) and referee and a pint or ten afterwards he believed to be a much more honest and fulfilling experience.

Numerous tributes have poured in from members past and present – and the club plans to honour Stan in a fitting manner when circumstances permit. These include a BGFC family wake with old and new friends welcome, a memorial charity day and a special plaque sponsored by one of our great managers of the past who wishes to remain anonymous. The new clubhouse heralds an important moment of progress in our club’s chequered history and, whilst Stan will not be amongst us to witness its completion, it is part of his legacy and we all owe it to him to make sure we go from strength to strength.

It would be remiss of me not to mention Irene. We talked but Stan never came to terms with her passing – he admitted it. Nothing was ever the same. They are reunited now and Heaven has gained an honest man. From us all Stan, thanks for being you, for being loyal – and upholding values of virtue.

Never to be forgotten, thanks mate and RIP.

Dave Homewood (Hon Patron)

From Laura

Thank you so much Dave for a wonderful tribute to Dad. It’s so comforting to know how important Dad’s contribution to the club was and to know how much he will be missed.


3 thoughts on “Thursday 3 December 2020 … final tribute to a lost legend and football friend

  1. Thank you so much Dave for a wonderful tribute to Dad. It’s so comforting to know how important Dad’s contribution to the club was and to know how much he will be missed.

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  2. A wonderful tribute. Thank you Dave. I’ll always remember Stan as one of the most honest people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. I might not have agreed with his opinion, which was probably most of the time, but I thoroughly enjoyed the debates and many a time he would give me a new perspective that was truly valued. Stan will be sorely missed. My love and prayers to all the family.

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  3. I am honoured to have known Stan. We supported each other with our losses and I have so many memories of good times with him.
    I will miss him.
    Peter

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