Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

Essex: Tributes paid to Witham Town FC chairman Tony Last

Tony Last, chairman of Witham Town FC who died suddenly on July 3, shaking hands with new first team manager Garry Kimble.

Tony Last, chairman of Witham Town FC who died suddenly on July 3, shaking hands with new first team manager Garry Kimble.

Archant

Tributes have been paid to a football club stalwart who has died suddenly.

Tony Last, chairman of Witham Town FC, passed away at the club’s Village Glass Stadium in Spa Road on Thursday evening of a suspected heart attack.

Paramedics and the Essex Air Ambulance were called to the scene at 8.23pm but were unable to revive the former goalkeeper.

Mr Last, 65, had been with the club for around 15 years, serving as youth, reserves and first team manager at various stages as well as being chairman for the past 10 years.

A statement on the club’s website said: “It is with deep regret we must inform you that our chairman Tony Last suffered a heart attack on Thursday evening at the club and despite all efforts to revive him the paramedics were unable to save him.

“It is a very sad time for his family as well as the club, and we are sure you will all want to join us in sending our deepest condolences to his wife Linda and their family.

“Gone but never forgotten.”

A flag at the club’s ground was flown at half-mast yesterday in memory of Mr Last, a father-of-two and grandfather, while flowers and signed club shirts were also left at the stadium.

George Vale, club president, said: “He was a busy chap who did a lot of work in all areas of the club.

“The highlight of his time here has to be last season when we won the Ryman North play-off final, and when the final whistle blew he said to me ‘I can’t believe what is happening’.

“He was known all over the Ryman League and across East Anglia from his time here and at Braintree. Everywhere you went someone knew him.

“Our thoughts are with his family.

“I travelled with him to every away game over the past ten years, and his wife always came down to support every time. They were totally committed to the club.”

Witham mayor Janet Money added: “This really is tragic, terribly sad and sad for the town.

“Although I did not personally know him he and the club do a lot for Witham, especially our youngsters.”

Condolences were made by a number of Essex clubs, including Chelmsford City, Brightlingsea Regent and FC Clacton, as well as officials from the Essex Senior League.

The heartbroken mother of a popular 22-year-old from Colchester who took her own life has said more could have been done to help her daughter.

A man who tried to import a child sex doll into the UK through Stansted Airport and was then found to have more than 35,000 indecent images of children has been spared prison.

A nightmare neighbour who has breached court orders 28 times has been jailed for 38 weeks after losing his appeal against five breaches of a restraining order.

A Bramford motorcyclist who has admitted causing the death of his pillion passenger through dangerous driving by having a defective rear tyre has been warned he could be jailed.

The first weekend of the school summer holiday got off to a wet start this morning with festival goers waking up to grey skies and rain at Jimmy’s Farm, near Ipswich.

A man has been jailed for seven years and four months after sexually assaulting a woman who was on her way home after a night out with friends in Colchester.

A man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm, with intent to cause fear of violence, following an incident in Ipswich on Thursday.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24