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Isaac
Man City Transfer Target!

Jun 10, 2009, 4:01 PM

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Not much I can add to what has been said other than to say my thoughts are with Tony and his family. God bless.


dave
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Jun 10, 2009, 4:54 PM

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Well I hope you can live your final weeks of your life in peace.

Despite not being a groundhopper, and not ever having met Tony, I am one of the highest posters in total number of posts on this board. There is a reason for that, mainly because of Tony Kempster.

Going back towards the 2003-2004 season the big restructure as we now know took place in the close season of 2004. I don't think anyone knew for definate about what was happening, even the Ryman League were still appealing it come February 2004.

Tonys simple explanation of what was likely to happen, made it easy for I am sure a lot of AFC Wimbledon fans to understand the restructure. I can't really speak on behalf of all AFC Wimbledon fans, and I haven't asked them, but I am almost certain that was the case.

When the message board was added in 2004 to the site, it gave the website the chance for us to all say what we want about non league. Yes we don't always agree on everything, but it would be a bit boring if we did. The fact is how busy this board is shows how successful it is. I have heard Tony say himself (on radio) that the quality and quantity of messages surprised him.

I am certain as well that Vienna1964 will continue the good work with the new website. I haven't really thanked him yet either so thanks Vienna.

And of course thanks to you as well Tony.


Grecian
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Jun 10, 2009, 7:34 PM

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Re: [leohoenig] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

What else to say but thank you for the world you've created Tony, our thoughts will be with you and your family in the next few weeks and months.


Mishi
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Jun 10, 2009, 8:47 PM

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Location: South East London.
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Re: [Grecian] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Ditto to what everyone has said.

May your last few days be as lucid & painless as possible under the circumstances.

Cancer is a bastard illness, & has only recently touched Dulwich Hamlet, with one of our loyal fans having a routine check at the age of 60. He had an operation which was supposed to be 'routine' which would cut out the 'small abnormality' they found, but on cutting him open they found he was riddled with cancer, & he would have died a painful death if he had not gone to the doctors. Sadly they could do nothing for him. He slipped into unconsciousness, & passed away under heavy sedation, hopefully not feeling any pain.

What I'm rather clumsily trying to say, as I'm struggling for words, is that somehow, through the Hamlet losing our friend Robert, I sort of feel closer to you, even though I never met you. I hope it's a little comfort for you to know that we are all thinking of you.

You are a very special man who has enriched my life so much through this forum. I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.



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ianmacc
Youth Team Star


Jun 10, 2009, 10:00 PM

Posts: 354
Location: Yorkshire
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If, when my time finally comes, I have achieved a fraction of Tony's work, and touched a fraction of the people he has, I will be very fortunate indeed.

Tony the man may just have a short time left, but Tony the legacy will be around for many years.

Not sure what else to say really


(I hear in Heaven York City have just won the European cup for the 4th time..........)


Isaac
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Jun 11, 2009, 10:26 AM

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Re: [Mishi] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Cancer is indeed a "bastard illness" and I lost a good friend in similar circumstances a couple of years ago.

I would just like to ask members to consider making a donation to one of the many cancer related charities.



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Ditto to what everyone has said.

May your last few days be as lucid & painless as possible under the circumstances.

Cancer is a bastard illness, & has only recently touched Dulwich Hamlet, with one of our loyal fans having a routine check at the age of 60. He had an operation which was supposed to be 'routine' which would cut out the 'small abnormality' they found, but on cutting him open they found he was riddled with cancer, & he would have died a painful death if he had not gone to the doctors. Sadly they could do nothing for him. He slipped into unconsciousness, & passed away under heavy sedation, hopefully not feeling any pain.

What I'm rather clumsily trying to say, as I'm struggling for words, is that somehow, through the Hamlet losing our friend Robert, I sort of feel closer to you, even though I never met you. I hope it's a little comfort for you to know that we are all thinking of you.

You are a very special man who has enriched my life so much through this forum. I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.



(This post was edited by Isaac on Jun 11, 2009, 10:27 AM)


Bash
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Jun 11, 2009, 4:22 PM

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Never knew, met, spoke or even exchanged mails with the man, but my heart has just sunk at this news. Feel gutted. Dont know what else to say.



Couldn't have put it better. We can only wish him and his family a peaceful end after such an extremely traumatic time for all concerned.


Darren Lovell
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Jun 11, 2009, 5:00 PM

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Location: Lordswood
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Desperately distressing news. To one of the really good guys in this life, have a peaceful remainder with your loved ones.

Darren



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philglossop
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Jun 11, 2009, 6:51 PM

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Re: [Darren Lovell] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Awful, just awful news.

Having lost so many of my family to the dreaded "C" word - I wish Tony and his family only the very best wishes in the world.

Devoting time to raising money for cancer charities, sounds like a great idea!


Angie
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Jun 11, 2009, 8:40 PM

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Location: West Yorkshire
Team(s): Dover Athletic, AFC Emley

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Re: [philglossop] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

I really don't know what to say. I'm so sad.


Bnoke
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Jun 12, 2009, 4:20 PM

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Re: [Angie] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

A sad time :(


Watersider
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Jun 12, 2009, 7:42 PM

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Tony you will be greatly missed not only by your family but also the 1000's of people that you have provided a service to that wil NEVER be equalled. You should be really proud of what you have done for Non League football - How are the FA going to sort out restructuring without your site ?

may you final days be peaceful and filled with love

Best wishes and THANKYOU


kernow
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Jun 13, 2009, 8:00 PM

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the name Tony Kempster is the most well known name in non-league football, ahead of any owner, player past or present.
Virtually everyone on here wont leave a legacy like you or know as many people as you did.

thank you for everything you have done for non-league football


dave
First Team Star

Jun 13, 2009, 8:37 PM

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One thing I would add to anyone making a donation is that to be sure you mention its in memory of Tony Kempster. Cancer charities get loads of donations a year and its all worthwhile, but if you mention someone personal, they usually add it up to see how much is raised in memory of an individual person.


marinersteve
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Jun 13, 2009, 10:32 PM

Posts: 255
Location: Brandon, Vermont, USA
Team(s): South Shields

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Towards the end of this year my company (a classical music record co) will be making a CD to benefit MacMillan Nurses, as a thanks for the help and support they gave a wonderful young'musician. I certainly don;t want to use this site for any form of promotion for business, which would not be ethical at all, but if we can also with the money raised, pay tribute to Tony's work in running this site for some time while unwell, that would be heartening too. And I just want to add my many many thanks to Tony for this site, which made me feel like part of a real community.

Stephen Sutton
South Shields
(but currently in vermont, USA - with no footie,,,)



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AussieSteve
Ballboy/girl

Jun 15, 2009, 6:17 AM

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I really don't know what to say. I'm so sad.


I have found this website and forum thoroughly informative over the past 9 years.

Previously I have not signed on because of the distance involved, but have enjoyed reading the message board.

The knowledge I have gained regarding non league football through this website, has been immeasurable.

Tony, I hope that your remaining weeks are peaceful, you have been a true inspiration not only in the UK but all around the world.


Barney
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Jun 15, 2009, 10:50 AM

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Re: [dengel3000] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

What an accolade to Tony; he effected some many people with out actually meeting them through the simple medium of football.

My heart goes out to all Tony's family and friends.


GSB
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Jun 15, 2009, 11:00 AM

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Re: [Barney] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Great man gone. I hope this won't be seen as intrusive, but I'm sure many of us who didn't know Tony personally would like to know more about how he came into his great enthusiasm. Or maybe that's one of the beauties of his work? I have no idea where in the country he lived or who he supported, or even if there was one club or league in particular.


voxra
Junior Team Sub

Jun 15, 2009, 11:11 AM

Posts: 19
Location: Manchester
Team(s): FC United

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Great man gone. I hope this won't be seen as intrusive, but I'm sure many of us who didn't know Tony personally would like to know more about how he came into his great enthusiasm.


Here's an interview with the man himself (3rd May 2009); http://tonykempster.co.uk/nlpinterview.pdf


Jon M
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Jun 15, 2009, 11:15 AM

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Was I alone in looking at the list of honours for the Queens birthday and thinking there was one name missing?
Sad, sad news for a Monday morning, and although I know noone else in the office will understand why I have a tear in my eye today, I know so many on here will.
Rest in Peace Tony


Steve S
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Jun 15, 2009, 11:20 AM

Posts: 440
Location: North Norfolk
Team(s): Clevedon Town, Enfield Town

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Such sad news, my thoughts go to his friends and family. Like so many other contributors I never met Tony but I learnt so much and got so much enjoyment from his hard work and our game will be so much poorer because of his sad loss. RIP.


Darren Lovell
First Team Star


Jun 15, 2009, 11:35 AM

Posts: 1606
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As expected as this news has been, it still makes it no easier to accept. I very briefly met Tony at last month's FA Trophy Final and for that I am grateful. His website has been a central part of my daily routine for more years than I can recall and I feel a sense of pride in being one of the members of his very special web community. I send my heartfelt condolences to the Kempster family at this very sad and difficult time. Rest in peace Tony.



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Isaac
Man City Transfer Target!

Jun 15, 2009, 11:37 AM

Posts: 9629
Location: Kent
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Although this news is not unexpected it doesn't make it any easier to take, like many others I never met Tony but clearly he was a terrific person who is well known and respected throughout non league circles, hopefully some lasting tribute can be made. RIP.


Sir_Chops
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Jun 15, 2009, 11:37 AM

Posts: 98
Location: Teddington
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Re: [dengel3000] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

My thoughts are with Tony's family and friends at this time. What an impact one man had on the non-league scene. RIP.


paignton-nick
Chelsea Transfer Target


Jun 15, 2009, 11:43 AM

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Re: [Sir_Chops] Tony. [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sad news. Condolences to Tony's family and friends.



Stevenage FC - Hertfordshire's finest!
Buckland Athletic- Pride of South Devon!

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