Jimmy Jones MBE

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Jimmy Jones MBE

Post  Greenmanwalking on Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:42 am

Gorleston Football Club is saddened to announce that club president Jimmy Jones MBE has died aged 73.

Jimmy passed away on Tuesday night at The Heart Hospital in London,He had been battling heart and kidney problems for the last three years.
Jimmy had been involved with Gorleston FC since 1973 and will be a big loss to the Greens.
The club sends its deepest condolences to his widow Jane, son Albert, daughter Elizabeth and his six grandchildren.

Albert Jones paid tribute to his father today saying: “He touched so many people’s lives. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He did a lot of work for the local community and he loved football. It was his real passion.”
Gorleston’s first team manager Richard Daniels said: “In sport the word legend is used too freely. Only so many people can be called a legend. Jimmy Jones is a legend.
“If it wasn't for Jimmy there wouldn't be a Gorleston Football Club. There are a lot of people behind the scenes who also work very hard but if you cut Jimmy Jones in half he’ll be green inside.
“It’s the end of a big era. He was a lovable guy who lived and breathed Gorleston Football Club. The feedback from the players today has been phenomenal – there is quite a lot of devastation among the players.”

Mr Daniels said that a match this weekend against Cambridge Regional College has been cancelled as a mark of respect.
He added: “We have been lucky enough to make the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road and are due to play Thetford Town on May 14. We have got an incentive to win it for him. It is just a sad day he will not be at Carrow Road to see us play in the final.”

In a statement Norwich City Football Club said: “Everyone at the club has been saddened to hear of the death of former Norwich City director and vice-chairman Jimmy Jones MBE at the age of 73.

“Mr Jones died at The Heart Hospital in London after a long battle against illness and leaves a widow Jane, son Albert, daughter Elizabeth and six grandchildren.
“He became a director of the club in the early 1980s and made a huge contribution, working closely with chairman Robert Chase during the most successful era in the Canaries’ history, when they finished in the top five of the top flight three times, reached two FA Cup semi-finals and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
“Mr Jones who ran Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach for many years, was also a committed supporter of grassroots football and of course Gorleston FC in particular, where he was life president.
“The thoughts of everyone at Carrow Road are with Jimmy’s family at this sad time.”
Roy Blower, president of the Independent Norwich City Supporters Club and associate director of Norwich City Football Club, said Mr Jones was a “great character” who would be sadly missed.
“He was a larger than life character and what you saw was what you got with Jimmy,” he said. “There were no thrills or spills,“He was a great character and he will be sadly missed by lots of people who supported football clubs. From his family’s point of view we feel very sorry for them losing the figurehead of their family.
“Jimmy was at the football club during a very turbulent time but he was a character and I pay tribute to his contribution to our football club. Without him and Robert Chase at that time the football club could have sunk. It is just a sad day.”

Gorleston FC has received many tweets @gorlestonfc from other clubs, players, ex-players and people involved in local football today offering their condolences.
A page on the club Forum has also been opened up for people to leave any messages of sympathy. This can be found at http://www.gorlestonfc.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=general&thread=1354&page=1#6034
avatar
Greenmanwalking

Posts : 359
Join date : 2011-08-10
Age : 47
Location : Bradwell

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Jimmy Jones MBE

Post  yiddo on Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:36 am

A true gentleman of local football who will be missed by all
avatar
yiddo

Posts : 146
Join date : 2011-09-06
Age : 53
Location : Ipswich waterfront

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Jimmy Jones MBE

Post  bergh1 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:50 am



True gent, who has done a lot for Gorleston and the community, sadly missed, my condolences to his family.

bergh1

Posts : 21
Join date : 2011-09-19

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Jimmy Jones MBE

Post  welshwatcher on Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:35 pm

I recall the club I follow joining the ECL in the mid-seventies and our first trip to the old Gorleston ground where we were all greeted and welcomed by Jimmy on arrival.
As everyone has said, and there have been many on twitter and other social media, a true Non League man who will be greatly missed by those closest to him and in the wider world of football.

welshwatcher

Posts : 196
Join date : 2011-08-09

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Jimmy Jones MBE

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum