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‘They will be sorely missed’ - Football club pays tribute to president and director

PUBLISHED: 12:32 13 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:32 13 May 2020

Tributes have been paid to Diss Town Football Club president Len Nice. Picture: Diss Football Club

Tributes have been paid to Diss Town Football Club president Len Nice. Picture: Diss Football Club

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A football club has paid tribute to its club president and director who both died in the space of a month.

Tributes have been paid to Brian Major, director at Diss Town Football Club. Picture: Major FamilyTributes have been paid to Brian Major, director at Diss Town Football Club. Picture: Major Family

Diss Town Football Club lost president Len Nice and director Brian Major.

Mr Nice, 87, died at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, on Wednesday, April 29 after complications with lymphoma.

He spent eight years at the club after he moved to Rickinghall following his retirement as an insurance claims inspector.

Diss Town chairman, Steve Flatman, said: “The club is staying positive, we have to be.

Steve Flatman has paid tribute to Len Nice and Biran Mayor Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSteve Flatman has paid tribute to Len Nice and Biran Mayor Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“From the club’s point of view he will be sorely missed and obviously, at some point, we will have to find a replacement but it is difficult when we can’t get together.

“Len would meet the sponsors on match days and made every game, all 90 or so home and away.

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“He never liked to sit in reserved seats and would also be standing with the fans even up until the last games he was at he would walk around.”

Diss Football Club in action against Woodbridge Football Club at Brewers Lane in the Eastern Counties League. Photo : Steve AdamsDiss Football Club in action against Woodbridge Football Club at Brewers Lane in the Eastern Counties League. Photo : Steve Adams

The father-of-three’s death comes after that of the club’s director, Brian Major, who died age 72 after being diagnosed with amyloidosis, a protein deposition disease.

Mr Major was a well-known footballing figure in the area, being a goalkeeper for Wortham FC, before taking on the role as director in his later life.

The team play in the Thurlow Nunn league which has been suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

It hopes to hold memorial matches for both Mr Nice and Mr Major once it is safe to do so.

“It is a huge blow as we miss both of them and will miss their fundraising,” Mr Flatman added.

“When we restart we will be holding a memorial game for each of them with their families, but I fear that won’t happen before 2021.

“Brian liked to be more with the fans, which is something that runs through the club. No matter where we all came from we where all the same when it came to match day.

“Brian would be with the crowds and raise money when he could.”


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