Match Sponsorship of Chippenham Home game 25th February 2017

The Supporters Club will be sponsoring the Chippenham Town home game on Saturday 25th February, in honour of long-time fan and ex-Supporters club chairman, John Turner, who sadly passed away last year. John was born in late February, so thought it apt to select the Chippenham home game to remember John.

The match-day programme will contain a few words about John and his history with the club. It is expected to say something along these lines;

In Memory of John Edward Turner (1946 – 2016)

John was a regular Supporter on match-days both home and away, and at social events for over 25 years.

He became co-founder of “Friends of Basingstoke Town”, (at a time when there was no Supporters club), co-ordinating  away travel, running the Lucky 7 competition and overseeing supporters purchases of Club Shares, raising in excess of £50,000 towards club funds.

Later on he became Chairman of the Supporters Club, ensuring the provision of a plastic covering for the pitch, an aluminium skip for teams apparel on away trips and an outfit for the newly introduced mascot, Stokie the Dragon.

JT also contributed to the purchase of a defibrillator, which is located in the clubhouse.

He was a well liked  character and on match-days amongst fellow supporters, he told many a story in a colourful language. When returning from away games, whether we won or lost he would always give a rendering of “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”.

Although in ill health due to a heart condition, he managed to attend nearly all the 2015-2016 season fixtures.

He is sadly missed – RIP JET.

John leaves a widow Brenda, his wife of 23 years.

On a personal note I knew John for only the last couple of seasons, but found him always friendly and welcoming to me.

With this in mind the Supporters Club, as part of the match-day sponsorship, there will be a small gathering for anyone who knew John in the clubhouse after the game, where a small buffet will be laid on as part of the remembrance of John.

 

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  1. I remember John from way back, when he used to be down the Victor Meldrew stand. Always found him a decent chap A good way to honour him.

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