Football club president dies at age of 86

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FOOTBALL: Tributes have been paid to Buckingham Town Football Club president Harry Sheppard, who died in Milton Keynes Hospital on December 27 after a short illness aged 86.

Mr Sheppard, who lived in Buckingham, was a great supporter of the club and also an active committee member for many years in addition to his role as president.

He was very keen on both football and cricket and was a member of Preston Bissett Cricket Club, attending games there on a regular bsasis.

He and his wife, Lucy, helped out at Buckingham Town FC for many years running the teahut, as well as the 201 Club, lottery, bingo and raffles, and contributed to fun days, boot sales and many other activities.

Groundsman Robin Taylor said: “He was a good friend of mine and his death is a sad loss.

“I knew him since the 1970s when he and Lucy had a small grocers shop near the New Inn pub, which is just around the corner from the football club. I used to pop into the shop from my work nearby and have chats with Harry.

“He loved his football and cricket and became a great supporter of Buckingham Town over the years.”

Robins’ manager Phil Simons said: “Harry was very supportive of my role as manager and was a good friend. He always found time to come along to matches at Ford Meadow and worked hard for the club.”

His funeral will be held at Preston Bissett Church on Monday January 17.