Tributes paid to Fenmen stalwart Anthony Gower who died this week
Tribute has been paid to Wisbech Town Football Club stalwart, Anthony Gower, who has died as a result of the coronavirus.
Spenny Larham, penned a special tribute piece for the club's website after speaking to Anthony's widow, Mary.
He said: "Everyone at the club were very sad to hear that Anthony Gower, a great servant to Wisbech Town FC over a number of years, has died at the age of 77 after contracting the coronavirus.
"Anthony was most often seen (and heard) selling raffle and Golden Goal tickets just inside the turnstiles alongside his wife Mary, as well as at club functions such as the end-of-season presentation evening.
"He and Mary first became involved in 2006 when grandson Brandon (Ballboy as he was known to the team) got involved helping out first team manager Dick Creasey.
"They started off helping to collate the programme and eventually began to be the first people that players and spectators alike would encounter once through the turnstiles, with Anthony's cry of 'Programmes!' and 'Golden Goal!' counterpointing Mary's 'Raffle Tickets!' in between.
"When the Fenmen played Fleetwood Town away in the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup in November 2006, Anthony accompanied Brandon on the team bus to stay overnight at the hotel with the players, a trip the 14-year-old wouldn't have been able to make without his Grandad.
"The club would like to pass on its heartfelt condolences to Mary and her family at what is the most difficult of times."
The club's Facebook page has been 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."