Alf’s Funeral will be 3pm Monday 5th February at
Herts EN11 9BN
For over twenty years, Alf was a stalwart of the Football Club, playing
for much of that time at wing half in the higher elevens. His energetic, all
action style of play inspired team mates to give of their best, whilst his
competitive spirit and fierce tackling made him a formidable opponent. This
was, however, coupled with a strong sense of fair play and sportsmanship
which won him great respect both on and off the field.
Alf’s sustained level of fitness throughout his active life was remarkable. In later years, he appeared regularly for the O.C. Veterans XI, and ended his playing career with Crouch End Vampires at well over the age of sixty. He was, in addition, a talented tennis player, still competing at a high level in the Seniors game well into his seventies. Indeed he was for a time a member of the England Senior Squad.
Alf was a dedicated Old Camdenian, and was heavily involved in the design and construction of the clubhouse at Burtonhole Lane, as well as serving the club in a variety of other capacities. Who can forget those trips to away games in the back of his furniture van! He was always good company with a fund of amusing anecdotes and seldom failed to attend the annual Dinner/Lunch at the School, which he greatly enjoyed. His presence on those occasions and elsewhere will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.
Our sincere condolences go to Mary and the family at this sad time.
A great Sportsman, hard but fair, a stickler for playing by the rules, an “impish and “wicked” sense of humour are some of the attributes that the many O.C.’s gathered at Alf’s Funeral expressed, Many reminisces were related about Alf and how he would transport the Teams to matches in the back of his furniture Van. All of these sentiments and more were conveyed in the tributes extended to him during the Service.
Alf was a great personal friend and I have cause to thank him for the many kindnesses he extended to the large Charity, of which I was the Director General inasmuch as he supplied much of the fittings and specialist equipment to the new Hospital Section we built and equipped as well as providing much of the furnishing of the Bungalows at cost price.
The Club has lost a great stalwart, so many of us have lost a Great Pal and I like many have lost a Great Friend. All of us will miss him greatly and I for one will remember him when we take the Toast at the O.C. Lunch to Absent Friends.