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Family and friends of a Wisbech Town Football Club stalwart were finally able to say their goodbyes at a celebration of his life.

Over 75 people gathered at the club's ground in Lynn Road to celebrate the life of Anthony Gower, who died aged 77 as a result of Covid-19, on April 18 last year.

Anthony and his widow, Mary, worked hard to support the club selling raffle and Golden Goal tickets and matches just inside the turnstiles, as well as supporting functions including the end of season presentation evenings.

Memorial day for Anthony Gower at Wisbech Football Club where they raisied £425 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. (52388645)
Memorial day for Anthony Gower at Wisbech Football Club where they raisied £425 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. (52388645)

So the Fenmen's ground was a fitting place for family and friends to gather in a way they were unable to when Anthony's funeral was held last year and Covid restrictions meant no more than 10 mourners could attend and in fact only six people attended Anthony's send off.

Mary said: "We have had to wait over 18 months to hold this celebration of Anthony's life. It was a lovely day, full of laughs and happiness as we all remembered him.

"His younger brother James read the eulogy that was given at the funeral which outlined Anthony's life and what he did but it was not a sad day, just a nice celebration of Anthony.

Anthony and Mary Gower. (52388642)
Anthony and Mary Gower. (52388642)

"The football club have been absolutely fantastic especially the chairman Paul Brenchley, he has bee a great support to me and I can't thank him enough."

Anthony and Mary first became involved with the club when their grandson Brandon or Ballboy as he was known to the team started helping out first team manager Dick Creasey.

From then on Anthony's cries of "programmes!" and "Golden goal" counterpointing Mary's "raffle tickets" became a fixture of home games.

Memorial day for Anthony Gower at Wisbech Football Club where they raisied £425 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. (52388648)
Memorial day for Anthony Gower at Wisbech Football Club where they raisied £425 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. (52388648)

At the time of his death the club's Spenny Larham penned a tribute to Anthony and described him as a "great servant to the club".

And the club's Facebook page was inundated with messages from former and current players and managers as well as many supporters wishing to express their sadness at the news.

Among those paying tribute is current first team manager Brett Whaley who wrote: “Very sad news, about such a nice man. Thoughts are with Mary and the rest of the family.”

Sunday's event also saw a collection raise £425 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance a charity, which Mary who still works tirelessly on match days selling programmes said was always supported by Anthony.



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