Dozzell leads the tributes to ‘Mr Ipswich Wanderers’ – Roger Wosahlo

Roger Wosahlo

Roger Wosahlo

Former Ipswich Town and Spurs star Jason Dozzell led the tributes to Roger Wosahlo – Ipswich Wanderers’ Football Club Development Officer – who passed away at the weekend.

Jason Dozzell

Jason Dozzell - Credit: Archant

Roger was 67 and had been suffering from cancer.

A former professional, who played for Chelsea, Ipswich Town and Peterborough United, Roger had spent the last 25 years in various capacities as an official at Humber Doucy Lane, as the club rose up the non-league pyramid to their current position in the Eastern Counties Premier Division.

Hugely popular, Roger’s terrific personality touched all those who came into contact with him, including Dozzell, who was manager at Wanderers for three years from 2003-06.

“I heard the news on Saturday lunchtime and it left me gutted,” Dozzell said.

Ipswich Wanderers' players take part in a minute's silence for Roger Wosahlo on Saturday. Photo: ADR

Ipswich Wanderers' players take part in a minute's silence for Roger Wosahlo on Saturday. Photo: ADRIAN TOPPLE - Credit: Archant

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“I knew he had been ill for a while, but I saw him just a couple of weeks ago and we had a chat and he was in good form.

“I knew Roger from back in my playing days at Ipswich Town. I used to walk past his business in West End Road every day and often said hello. He was the main reason I went to manage Wanderers.”

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Wanderers chairman Terry Fenwick admitted: “Roger was ‘Mr Ipswich Wanderers’. As simple as that.

“The gap he has left at the club is far too big to fill.

“We had a minute’s silence before our game with Newmarket on Saturday – and the tears flowed I can tell you.”

Roger leaves a wife Marilyn and sons Gregg and Bradley.

More tributes in the EADT and Ipswich Star on Tuesday

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