Deeping Rangers and the world of local football are in mourning today following the sad news that the much loved club president Norman Fowler passed away yesterday (Tuesday) morning.
Mr Fowler was a hugely popular figure at the UCL side and a true club stalwart.
A post on Deeping’s club website yesterday read: “Norman Fowler passed away early this morning (27th May). The Club sends all our thoughts and condolences to Jean, Keith, Mark and families.
“RIP Norman, you will be sorely missed by ALL at DRFC.”
The news led many within the local football community to pay tribute to him.
Former Deeping Rangers player and current Oakham United manager Wayne Oldaker offered his condolences to Mr Fowler’s family and said: “The definition of a “True Gentleman” is quite simply Norman Fowler. #DRFClegendRIP.”
Former youth team manager Darren Jarvis tweeted: “Very sad news, a wonderful man that will be missed greatly, but remembered with such fondness and affection.”
Current player Spencer Tinkler tweeted: “Sad to hear the news. A true gentleman real pleasure to have met him.”
Former senior team player Andy Gray: “Extremely sad news. Norman is the nicest human being I have ever met. Him singing ‘fish and chips’ will stay with me forever.”
Ketton manager Darren Edey wrote on Twitter: “Really sad news, what a top man Norman was.”
Neighbouring clubs have also joined the stream of tributes to Mr Fowler.
Bourne Town’s twitter site said: “Sincere condolences from all at our club to family and friends.”
Langtoft United FC tweeted “Condolences from everyone at Langtoft. A number of our players will have fond memories of Norman from their days at Deeping.”