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Death of football president

By Gareth Rowett 5th July 2017

Death of football president
PRESIDENT: Nick Hone pictured with ex-manager Phil Lafferty after St Austellís Senior Cup win in 2015

A LIFELONG fan of St Austell and president of the club has died suddenly after suffering a heart attack.

Nick Hone, 66, who has been the president of AFC St Austell for the past four seasons suffered a heart attack at his home in Meriden last Monday and was unable to make a recovery before passing away on Friday night.

A former school teacher Mr Hone had been compiling a complete history of St Austell Football Club and has collated every league table, result in the club’s history, dating back to the formation of the old South Western League in the 1950s.

The club’s chairman James Hutchings paid tribute saying: “Everyone at the club were deeply saddened to learn of Nick’s passing last week.

“He made every effort to watch St Austell as often as he could despite living in the Midlands and most recently attending the League Cup final in May.

“As a mark of respect to Nick we have decided that Nick’s name will still remain as the club’s president for the forthcoming season and our thoughts are with Nick’s wife, Gill and all of their family at this sad time.”

The secretary of Sticker football club Chris Osborne, a lifelong friend who he had known for 50 years Nick also paid tribute.

He added: “If Nick had been compiling this tribute he would have said that he first met Chris Osborne at 2.40pm on Saturday, September 9 1967 when he was selling football programmes for St Austell Football Club at the Poltair Park turnstile. That was always his way – a stickler for detail.

“The fact that the first chance meeting has lasted so long was of course more of his doing than mine, again a testament to the sort of person he always was.”

Following his retirement and with more time on his hands his connection with St Austell became more serious.

Indeed his enduring love for St Austell reached its pinnacle when he became the clubs president for the 2013/14 season.

Mr Osborne added: “Nick really took the role seriously and given the fact that he lived 200 miles away was seen at Poltair and other venues on frequent occasions throughout the season.

“Nick’s love for St Austell Football Club and the wider football world never dimmed and his friendly and buoyant personality will certainly be missed throughout local football circles.”

He leaves behind wife Gill and two boys Matthew and Tom and one grandchild.

At the time of going to press no details of his funeral have been announced.

By Gareth Rowett 5th July 2017

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