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Mevagissey Football Club is in mourning for Tony Woodforth

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 23, 2014

  • Mevagissey hold a minute silence on Saturday home to Edgcumbe in memory of Tony Woodforth. Picture by Matt Facey

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-respected club secretary of Mevagissey Football Club who "rang the bell for change on and off the pitch".

Colleagues and friends of Tony Woodforth, 66, said they were devastated to hear the champion of the club had died after suffering a heart attack on Friday, March 7.

Mr Woodforth played and refereed for Basingstoke before relocating to the fishing port eight years ago.

He brought with him a "wealth of experience" to Mevagissey Football Club.

Floral tributes have been laid at the ground in honour of the greatly respected former footballer known as "our man of the match".

And on Saturday a minute's silence was held when the team played at home to Edgcumbe.

Jon Hearn, chairman of Mevagissey FC, said: "He has been instrumental in leading the club's development since then.

"Tony rang the bell for change on and off the pitch."

His dedication drove the club's progress from being just a single team to having three sides in the East Cornwall Premier, JJ Jones Builders Duchy and East Cornwall Youth league.

Until Mr Woodforth's arrival the club had been without a youth league for approximately 30 years, following the demise of Meva Minors FC.

Mr Hearn added: "Tony was a tireless volunteer who refereed, ran the line, pulled pints, fundraised and mentored at the club to develop sport in the community.

"His succinct commentary on performances were legendary, but were wilfully received which is indicative of the respect in which Tony was held at the club."

The Division Four match between Mevagissey and Pelynt reserves on March 8 was called off out of respect after learning of the death of Mr Woodford. Everyone who met Mr Woodforth greatly respected his commitment to the game, added Mr Hearn.

Mr Woodforth leaves his wife Lorraine and son Ashley. He was also stepfather to Emma and Mark.

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