End of an era for league

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The South­ern Coun­ties East League are mourn­ing pres­i­dent Roy Vin­ter, who died on Fri­day aged 76 fol­low­ing a long ill­ness.

A for­mer ref­eree, Mr Vin­ter, who lived in Ick­ham near Can­ter­bury, moved to the county in 1971 and joined the Kent League list of of­fi­cials the fol­low­ing year.

He was ap­pointed sec­re­tary of Whit­stable Town in 1979, joined the Kent League man­age­ment com­mit­tee in 1980 and was ap­pointed sec­re­tary-trea­surer in 1990. He stepped down as sec­re­tary when he was elected pres­i­dent last year.

The Foot­ball

As­so­ci­a­tion hon­oured him with a 50-year long ser­vice award last year.

Mr Vin­ter cut his foot­balling teeth on Teeside. He qual­i­fied as a Class 3 of­fi­cial with the North Rid­ing County (Mi­nor) FA, start­ing in lo­cal leagues, be­fore be­ing pro­moted to Class 1. He con­tin­ued to of­fi­ci­ate while on na­tional ser­vice.

His ca­reer in league ad­min­is­tra­tion be­gan in 1961, when he was ap­pointed reg­is­tra­tion sec­re­tary of the Mid­dles­brough & Dis­trict Youth League, be­fore tak­ing over as trea­surer of the North Rid­ing County (Mi­nor) FA.

Work then took him to York­shire in 1966 where he joined the West Rid­ing FA, of­fi­ci­at­ing in the Cen­tral League and the West York­shire League, be­fore be­ing ap­pointed to the North Mid­lands League lines­man’s list.

A move to Slough fol­lowed for the same rea­son three years later, ref­er­ee­ing in the Spar­tan League.

FA vice-chair­man and Kent FA chair­man Barry Bright led tributes to Mr Vin­ter.

He said: ”I think Roy’s pass­ing is the end of an era as far as Kent League foot­ball is con­cerned, com­ing so soon af­ter the change of name, hav­ing been such a great ser­vant and work­ing so tire­lessly on be­half of it.

“I was sad to hear the news, al­though he had been ill for some time.”

SCEL ref­er­ees sec­re­tary Ray Brown said: “Roy was a per­sonal friend for 30-odd years ever since he moved to Kent.

“He was al­ways re­li­able – if he didn’t know some­thing he would get to know about it, which was a bless­ing and a com­fort. He will be ter­ri­bly missed by every­body.”

Fu­neral ar­range­ments will be an­nounced shortly.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2973845

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