The club are sad to report that we have been notified that John Ward passed away peacefully last night, after a long battle with cancer.
A resident of Old Basing, John was a past Chairman of Hampshire FA, he served as The FA Council representative for Hampshire FA for 19 years, retiring at the end of the 2016 / 2017 season. He served as a National Game representative on the Board for 7 years and was elected into the Fellowship of The FA Council on his retirement.
John was a keen follower of the club and was pleased to attend the recent home game with Poole Town even though his health was failing. He had taken great interest, and given advice, in the club moving to Winklebury.
Many supporters who played local football in the years 1970’s – 1990’s will also remember John’s significant involvement in the administration of the local leagues, especially the Basingstoke & District Sunday League.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
As a mark of respect, there will be a minutes silence before the home game with Wimborne on Saturday 15th September.