Tributes to football club secretary
Tributes have been paid to a football club secretary who collapsed and died after watching her team's cup final victory at Carrow Road.Pam Lattimore, 57, was on her way to a private party at the Oaklands Hotel in Norwich, following Diss Town's win over Yarmouth in the Norfolk Senior cup final on Tuesday.
Tributes have been paid to a football club secretary who collapsed and died after watching her team's cup final victory at Carrow Road.
Pam Lattimore, 57, was on her way to a private party at the Oaklands Hotel in Norwich, following Diss Town's win over Yarmouth in the Norfolk Senior cup final on Tuesday.
Ms Lattimore, who lived at Pulham St Mary, near Diss, was in her second season with the Tangerines and had previously done the same job for Gorleston FC.
She had also been a member of the Jewson League's youth sub-committee for two seasons.
Ms Lattimore's partner of 10 years, Mel Stocker, said last night: "She was well respected in football and by the players. She knew how to handle them.
"She was probably one of the best secretaries in the game. It's just very sad. I will miss Pam tremendously."
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Mr Stocker, 59, added that she seemed to be in good health on Tuesday and was "happy as a sand boy" going out onto the Carrow Road pitch.
Jewson League secretary, Bruce Badcock, said Ms Lattimore had a "smile" on her face after the match then drove to the hotel on Yarmouth Road for the club function .
"She was a super character, a tough cookie," Mr Badcock said. "If something wasn't right, she would stand up against that," he said.
"We got on ever so well. She was a really good club secretary, very efficient.
"She really loved the football and she really did love Diss Town."
Des Tebble, chairman of Diss, said everyone at the club was shocked by Ms Lattimore's death and she would be missed.
"She was very efficient and well liked. She got on with everybody," he said.
Ms Lattimore, a grandmother of three, had just parked her car at the hotel when she fell ill at about 9.45pm.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics she died at the scene. A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday to establish the cause of death.
Kevin Antcliffe, life president and former chairman of Gorleston, spoke to Ms Lattimore during the game at Carrow Road.
"Obviously after the game she was happy and smiley," he said. "She was only at Gorleston for a couple of seasons, but she did a good job while she was there.
"A lot the players will be devastated. It's terrible news."
Ms Lattimore was due to attend a youth cup final match between Yarmouth Town and Lowestoft at Gorleston tonight.
Mr Antcliffe said Gorleston would be requesting a minute's silence as a mark of respect.
A decision has yet to be made on whether Saturday's Jewson League match at home between Diss and Woodbridge, and Diss Reserves' Anglian Combination game at Sprowston would go ahead.
If they do a minute's silence will be observed at both.
Last night's away match at Watton involving the under-18s team was due to go ahead with a minute's silence.
Ms Lattimore also leaves two daughters.