Newark Town Football Club in Nottinghamshire pay tribute to their former chairman Paul Hatherley who died
A club has paid tribute to its former chairman who recently died.
Newark Town Football Club held a minute's applause for Paul Hatherley who was well known in both Newark's football circles and the business community.
The applause came before the match with Sandiacre Town at the YMCA Activity Village and provided a time of reflection for many in attendance.
The club hosted Mr. Hatherley's family and published a tribute to their former chairman in the match day programme.
Newark Town captain Lewis Chambers also paid his respects when he unveiled a t-shirt featuring Paul under his club shirt after he scored for The Blues.
"We were deeply saddened to hear that Paul had passed away," wrote manager Luke Parsons in the programme.
"He was well known around Newark football and he served as our first team chairman in recent times bringing his football experience and business nous to the club.
"We will forever be grateful for his input and invaluable contribution in us gaining promotion to step six.
"We send our condolences to Paul's family and friends.
"Paul will be greatly missed by many, he was a real gentleman who always found the time for a chat.
"In my first tenure, he was very supportive when I unfortunately had to step down and pass over the reins due to family reasons.
"He often dropped me a message to see how things were going.
"I never got the chance to properly thank him for firstly giving me the belief in my first managerial position and secondly for the transformation of the first team under his chairmanship.
"I am in no doubt that without him in the position during that time, the club would not be where we are today."