Ashby Ivanhoe FC are sad to report the passing of one its most devoted and loyal supporters, Graham Gough who sadly passed away on Friday 13th January.
Ashby Ivanhoe FC Chairman, Stuart Bonser commented "Graham was one of our most loyal and devoted supporters and followed the club with real interest across its Under 18's, Reserves and First team. I have personally known Graham and his family for many years as he was a neighbour of my parents on Willowbrook Close and I know he loved his football and that love grew with Ashby Ivanhoe FC when we introduced the Midweek Floodlit Under 18's team as Graham really enjoyed watching the young and upcoming talent playing for the club. As part of the new Under 18's we had to erect floodlights and power them via a generator and Graham was often seen over the winter months hugging the container where the generator was housed to keep himself warm. I have many funny stories about Graham but he would always stop and ask me about the club and the plans we had and since we moved to the new ground he rarely missed a game and always showed keen interest in our progress both on and off the field. I have very fond memories of Graham and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him at the club and who stood with him on the sidelines and we will be marking our respect for Graham at the next 3 games involving the first team, reserves and Under 18's as I believe this is the perfect way to give thanks to Graham who supported all 3 teams. The Club will also be erecting a special plaque in recognition of Graham at the ground and further news on this will follow.
The club understands the funeral will be taking place in Early February and when we have the deatils we will post them on the website and social media pages and if you would like to come along to pay your respects then I am sure Graham would have loved that.
On behalf of the Club I would like to finish by saying, "Graham, you will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with your family and friends at this time"