It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Club President Alan Turvey.
Alan started his career in football when he set up Essex side Wickford Boys in the 1950s before becoming a referee in 1959 and going on to be a top flight official in the old First Division. His connection to the Ryman League dates back as early as 1961 when he first took charge of an Isthmian League match.
In 1978 he joined the league as a fixtures secretary and after rapid promotion to League Secretary the following year, was appointed Chairman in 1982. In 2002 he was made President of the Ryman League.
After six decades in the game as a referee and administrator, Alan was one of the FA’s 150 Grassroots Heroes who were presented with a specially minted medal by his Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. The recipients – chosen for their outstanding contribution and service to football – were honoured at a special lunch hosted by Prince William.
“I served on the isthmian league board under him for nearly ten years” David Knight Chief Executive and friend of Alan, ‘He was a former FA Councillor. He was also heavily involved in our local community, a former chairman of the Isthmian league, our club president and not only a great supporter of the team but he worked so hard behind the scenes of our club. Alan, lived locally in Old Basing with his wife Margaret and was a dear friend to many, especially here at Basingstoke Town. He was a huge support to us. He will be sorely missed”
It is a sad day for our football club and for the wider football family but our thoughts and prayers are of course with Margaret, and Alan’s family and friends
A minute’s silence will be held prior to our game versus Merthyr on Saturday afternoon.