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Jamesie
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E-Mail (titled as above) just received from Stuart Kempster.

It is with deepest regret that I am E-mailing you (from my Dadís account) to inform you that he passed away last night, peacefully at home.

Iíll contact you again with more information on funeral and donation arrangements as Dadís request once I know them.

Kind Regards,
Stuart



Just a note to anyone who is wondering, I am no longer a moderator of this forum due to current personal circumstances and work commitments. If you need help, contact leohoenig or Steve walker. Thank You.


Magpiegull
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Jun 15, 2009, 7:28 PM

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Very, very sad news - my thoughts are with your family. RIP


richiejenn
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Jun 15, 2009, 7:35 PM

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Oh Bugger!!!

We're indebted to you Tony. Thanks for everything..... Ur God bless.

Safe journey.



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Football Man
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Jun 15, 2009, 7:44 PM

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Wonderful man, great legacy.

Thanks for everything Tony.

FM


mnewz
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Jun 15, 2009, 8:33 PM

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Thanks for everything, Tony.

Rest in Peace,
Michael


bodger12
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Jun 15, 2009, 8:40 PM

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You will be greatly missed Tony by so many, rest easy mate.

Mick in Australia


farehamboy
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Jun 15, 2009, 9:27 PM

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Very very very sad news indeed

My thoughts are with your family Tony

You will be greatly missed by us all

RIP

farehamboy


hatter69
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Jun 15, 2009, 10:32 PM

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Thank you for all you've done. You've brought entertainment and discussion to the boring close-season gap over the years, and helped many clubs along the way.

RIP


Slightly off topic but I sent an email to a number of governing bodies as well as the new secretary of state for culture, media and sport, asking that Tony be commended for the great work he has done over the years. If anyone wants the appropriate contact details and/or a rough template for an email, PM me.


UKPunk
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Jun 15, 2009, 10:42 PM

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Very sad news. My thoughts are with Tony's family.



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Lars
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Jun 15, 2009, 11:42 PM

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Very sad. At least it appears to have been peacefully. Still very sad.


Main Drain Man
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Jun 16, 2009, 12:31 AM

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Terrible news. RIP Tony. A true gentleman who has touched all our lives. You will never be forgotten.


rainjar
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Jun 16, 2009, 2:57 AM

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I had been reading the posts about Tony for some time now, but this is the first time I am posting anything.

Maybe I hoped that somehow, Tony would make a miraculous recovery, even at a very late stage.

I didn't know Tony personally, and only had a couple of exchanges of posts with him, but I do feel the loss greatly. It is not merely the passing of a man, but the loss of the resources and resourcefulness that enabled him to develop his site into the most informative on the current state of the English leagues anywhere on the internet.



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Barnsley Dave
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Jun 16, 2009, 6:47 AM

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First day back after a holiday in Devon. Sad news and my thoughts go to Tonys family at this time.


in exile
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Jun 16, 2009, 9:13 AM

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I would just like to offer my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of Tony's family, friends and all of those, such as I, who never knew the great man personally but has enjoyed his dedicated hard work for so long.
Tony - May you Rest In Peace, Sir


drawoh
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Jun 16, 2009, 9:37 AM

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Very sad (but expected) news. Thanks for passing the information on to us, Stuart.

Your father will be remember by a countless number of people for many years for all the work he has done in providing information about non-league football. You should be immensely proud of him.

My thoughts are with you and with all your family at this time.


Graeme
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Jun 16, 2009, 9:42 AM

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Very sad news. Rest in peace Tony. Thanks for all your hard work, you'll not be forgotten.



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Barbie
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Jun 16, 2009, 9:48 AM

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RIP Tony. You have left a great legacy.


Phil Carling
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Jun 16, 2009, 1:28 PM

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God bless Tony.

We will never forget the fantastic work you have done for football.

I am sure your name will echo around many football grounds for years to come!


peter9
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Jun 16, 2009, 1:55 PM

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Words can never express enough in situations such as this.
I echo all the statements that have been printed before me..............GOD BLESS YOU TONY !


hucknallite
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Jun 16, 2009, 3:47 PM

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How very sad. I'd just like to pass on my condolences to Tony's family. I never met Tony but the effort he put into this site gave me and thousands like me many hours of enjoyment.


therebelhopper
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Jun 16, 2009, 4:22 PM

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I would also like to add my condolences, since finding this site i have spent many an hour on it, and for that my thanks go to Tony. My thoughts go to Tony's family and at times like this you truly dont know what to say. Other than Thank You Tony for everything you did for Non league football.


Stans Ted
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Jun 16, 2009, 4:26 PM

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R.I.P Tony. Gone but never to be fogotten.


Motorman
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Jun 16, 2009, 4:54 PM

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My heartfelt condolences go out to the whole family. You can be very proud of what Tony did for football. He will never be forgotten.



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Villager
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Jun 16, 2009, 7:18 PM

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My thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family. They can be proud of what he achieved on behalf of football, the bringing together of so many disparate people with a common love for non-league football and for providing a lasting legacy to the game. He will be missed but not forgotten.


sandhurstbee
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Jun 16, 2009, 7:43 PM

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R.I.P Tony - This board will always be your legacy.



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burgesshillbee
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Jun 16, 2009, 7:50 PM

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R.I.P Tony Gone but not forgotten. Our thoughts are with your family at this very sad time.


Over the top
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My condolences to Tony's family and friends.
RIP


kivo
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Jun 16, 2009, 8:10 PM

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Maybe this thread should be the only one in this section (merge other posts into this thread)?

In time perhaps collect all the messages and present them to Tony's family to show how much he mattered to a lot of people.


Mishi
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Jun 16, 2009, 8:29 PM

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I'm at a loss as to what to say. I hope his family will be able to take comfort from being able to with him to the end. I don't know where exactly he's gone as I'm not the religious type, but if there is a 'heaven' I hope he's got the best seat in the house in the great 'football stadium in the sky'.

My thoughts were with him today, as I was at a funeral service for a fellow Dulwich Hamlet supporter, who also succumbed prematurely to cancer.

I only got back from Scotland last night, & only heard the news when I got a phone call from my mate Gareth, who posts on here. I'd been in Scotland for the weekend, & have been annoyed at the fact my computer has been down for almost two weeks. I got home tonight & it was working, for how long I don't know, it may cut out tomorrow, who knows?

But the passing of Tony has put it all into perspective. It's only a lump of metal & plastic after all. In the overall scheme of things it's not worth getting all wound up about.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Tony, I'm sure he was a wonderfully humble person. And although my life isn't perfect by a long chalk I'd love to use him as my talisman and inspiration. I enjoy posting on this forum, & get pleasure out of publishing photographs of grounds on my photoblog, which I am able to 'plug' on here thanks to Tony's efforts in establishing his site & forum. I've not got the commitment, dedication or talent to achieve as much in my ordinary life as Tony did, but if I manage only five per cent of what he managed then I will have achieved something.

All I want to do is compile something I enjoy, for my pleasure, in which others can take satisfaction in sharing. In trying to reach that goal, Tony you are my inspiration.

To his family, & close friends, as well as his wider 'footballing family', may I humbly offer my condolences to all of those already forwarded.

Don't be afraid to cry as you say goodbye. For tears are a sign of true love, not weakness. The pain will be strong, but as the days turn into weeks, & the weeks into months, the sadness will lessen, & the laughter will return, as you fondly recall the memories of Tony.

Rest In Peace to a truly humble but GREAT man!



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Very sad news. My thoughts are with Tony's family.



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Tonys passing is a huge loss to Non League Football.His enthusiasm,dedictaion and hard work was clear for all to see.

I never met you Tony,but through this site,I felt I could call you a friend.

Can I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to your family and relatives.

Rest in peace Tony



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I didn't know Tony personally, never spoke to him through, my thoughts are with his family at this terrible time, it was reading through Tonys statistics that I developed a bit of a love for the grass roots game. I've slipped off the radar a bit as far as these boards are concerned, so I never knew Tony was that ill, I knew he had an ilness but never knew it was that bad.

My heartfelt deppest sympathies go out to his family

R.I.P Tony

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Titchmarsh
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Jun 16, 2009, 9:57 PM

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R.I.P..

Tony Kempster an absolute legend of non-league football.

The website was a masterpiece.

Thoughts and prayers with your family.


cluffy84
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We met once at a Garforth Town game when I used to help with NCEL information, fantastic guy! I never knew he was ill, and am completely shocked.

Rest in Peace Tony

God bless from the Clough's


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Steve S
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Jun 16, 2009, 10:38 PM

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My thoughts go to Tony's family, I never met Tony but learnt so much from his website and it has helped me to enjoy and appreciate the non-league game I've followed since 1968. Tony's work and enthusiasm was an inspiration to many, many people. RIP.


Shed
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Jun 16, 2009, 10:55 PM

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Tonys site was a real inspiration to me in getting interested in non-league.

We have lost one of the true greats of football.

You will be greatly missed.


rainjar
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A write up on BBC London - http://www.bbc.co.uk/...mpster_feature.shtml



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bandtree
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Jun 17, 2009, 4:11 AM

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I would also like to pass on my condolences to the Kempster family. I live in Canada, and I've been keeping up with this site for the past three years. What Tony has done to get the word out on English non-league football, allowing word to cross borders, is remarkable. All who knew him personally should be proud of his efforts, and take comfort in the fact that he has touched people around the world. Tony, you are beloved, and will be missed.


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I'll always be grateful to Tony for enabling contact with so many other fellow enthusiasts. Whenever I come across friends at grounds around the country, I'll remember the part that Tony played in making it happen. I'll remember too the fortitude he showed in dealing with his illness. He was a remarkable man by anyone's standards and will be greatly missed.


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Jun 17, 2009, 9:41 AM

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Sad news. Condolences to Tony's family and friends



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Jun 17, 2009, 10:10 AM

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Very, very sad news indeed. Our thoughts are with Tony's family.
The non-League 'family' have lost one of it's greatest supporters. RIP


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Farewell Tony Kempster. RIP.



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Sarumio
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Jun 17, 2009, 12:47 PM

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I've been on my honeymoon in Jamaica for the past 2 and a half weeks - to come back to this news - I am devestated! Words cannot sum up how sorry I am - a legend of non league - his momory will live on.

I'm lost for any more words

RIP Tony.


eldumpo
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Jun 17, 2009, 1:03 PM

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My condolences to Tony's family. Tony provided a great service to non-league football. RIP.


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Very sad news, and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Tony's friends and family.

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I have just returned home from holiday in France, been down to the shop to pick up Sunday's copy of the NLP which was saved for me, and read about Tony's thoroughly deserved lifetime achievement award. How poetic that this story should appear in the paper on the very day of Tony's passing. Maybe it was a blessing that the end came so quickly, having been told three or four weeks, but even when it is expected it is still a shock to the nearest and dearest when it happens. Like most other contributors to this board I did not know Tony personally, and yet everyone in the world of non-League football regarded him as a friend. He has borne this terrible illness with immense fortitude, his suffering is mercifully now at an end, may he rest in peace and may his family find the help and the comfort they will need at this sad time for them.


Babushkin
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Jun 17, 2009, 3:42 PM

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I am another of those many people who didn't know Tony personally, but frequently visits this site.

My sincerest condolences to his family. He is gone but won't be forgotten.

Sleep easy mate.


hal
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Jun 17, 2009, 4:53 PM

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I too would like to say that my sympathies and thoughts are with Tony's family at this difficult time. The enormous efforts that Tony has put in over recent years have been instrumental in keeping a football loving Brit sane whilst living in Canada.

I feel privileged to have known you Tony, even if it were only in a virtual sense.

I trust you can rest well and oversee the world of football from on high.

Neil (Montreal - ex-Derby)


northstandexile
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Jun 17, 2009, 6:50 PM

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Like myself, many posters have said that they had never met Tony, however his web site has touched so many individuals and given enjoyment to thousands.

My thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family at this time.

I just hope that the new web site being developed can build on Tony's work and continue to given enjoyment to many.


smallthorne
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Jun 17, 2009, 8:29 PM

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I am very sad to hear this news. My sincere condolences to Tony's family and friends.
I have met so many people linked to this wonderful site.
Non- League football has lost one of its very best.
Tony R.I.P.


igmc
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Jun 17, 2009, 9:30 PM

Posts: 151
Location: London
Team(s): Tranmere Rovers, New Brighton (RIP), Hendon

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My sincerest sympathies and condolences to Tony's family at this sad time.

On Tony's health blog, Anne, Stuart, Martin & Ian said 'You won't realise how much your wishes and comments actually meant to him and he had no idea how popular the site had become. It helped him to remain very positive right up until the recent days'.

Perhaps in turn, and in time, the comments in these threads will provide some comfort - and pride - to Tony's family as they see in what respect and affection he was held by so many people.

As just another member of the non-league fraternity, I too never met Tony, but enjoyed immensely the 'baby' he created. Facts, stats, and the most civilised football message board on the web. Where else could I ask about a vaguely remembered Lancashire Junior Cup final from fifty years ago? And just know that someone would be kind enough to get down the County FA yearbook and look up the answer for me.

Rest in Peace, Tony. And thank you.

Mike W.


martin55
First Team Sub


Jun 17, 2009, 9:48 PM

Posts: 1100
Location: Cheshire
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RIP Tony

Words can never truly express the sorrow of passing.


Doody
Junior Team Regular

Jun 17, 2009, 11:06 PM

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Location: Lancashire
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R.I.P. Tony


bbcgull
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Jun 17, 2009, 11:46 PM

Posts: 658
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This is just something i wanted to do....

I have posted an In Memory Of Tony Kempster on my blog and wanted to do something in my mind that was honouring his memory and legacy. Just a silly thing but i have renamed my blog at Memoirs Of A Groundhopper to In Memory Of Tony Kempster for one week. I have provided a link to the Book Of Condolence and also mentioned the Donations request.

This is my simple but fitting tribute to the man.


dannyktfc
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Jun 18, 2009, 2:52 PM

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Very Sad news a non-league legend. Tony brought so many people together and kept them informed about the game we love. The thoughts of myself and everyone at Sutton Town AFC are with Tony's family.

RIP A true legend.

Danny Staley
1st Team Management
Sutton Town AFC


Spacewaster
Junior Team Regular

Jun 18, 2009, 3:01 PM

Posts: 34
Location: Berkshire
Team(s): Palace & Bromley

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Sympathies to Tony's family and friends.



And thanks for all you did, Tony.


Osprey
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Jun 18, 2009, 4:46 PM

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RIP Tony


Steveb
Chelsea Transfer Target

Jun 18, 2009, 10:25 PM

Posts: 3776
Location: Prestwich
Team(s): England, Leicester City, Bedfont & Feltham

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Very sad news, not made any easier by the fact it wasn't unexpected. Difficult to know what add to the many messages already posted, but Tony's efforts have certainly given a welcome boost to our hobby, and won't be forgotten.
My thoughts are with Tony's family and friends, and those "virtual friends", like me, who only knew him through this wonderful website.

RIP




http://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.co.uk/




Invicta CJ
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Jun 19, 2009, 5:31 PM

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As somebody who has spent many a happy hour looking through all the information Tony has collected and collated over the past few years, it fills me with great sadness that he is no longer with us in person. I only communicated with him once via email regarding a donation and it is only just recently that I have been able to put a face to a name. My thoughts are with his wife Anne and sons Stuart, Martin & Ian. I only hope that the affection that so many people have for Tony gives them some comfort at their time of great sadness. R.I.P Tony, you will never be forgotten.


East Fork Utd
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Jun 20, 2009, 12:56 PM

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Condolences to Tony's friends and family. Thanks to his efforts, I was introduced to the frustrating, wacky, and wonderful world of English non-league soccer. Other sites may have come and gone, but for a lot of people, this site was the "gold standard" for results and news from the various leagues. When our time comes, we can hopefully join Tony on the good side of the hereafter.


maisiebob
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Jun 20, 2009, 1:46 PM

Posts: 61
Location: Wembley
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My condolences to Tony's friends and family.
RIP Tony, you are a legend and will be greatly missed


TB&G
Youth Team Regular

Jun 20, 2009, 2:31 PM

Posts: 235
Location: Outskirts of Romford Town
Team(s): Romford FC

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Dear Family Kempster,

The thoughts of Tony's admirers at Romford FC are with you in these difficult times.

Here are the words of just a few of them that have been entered on our club website forum

http://www.pitchero.com/...id=47038&start=0

TrueblueandGold!


Garybaldbee
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Jun 20, 2009, 4:54 PM

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I've not posted on here before but have spent many a happy hour browsing the site over the years and just wanted to add my personal condolences to Tony's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


Celticviking
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Jun 20, 2009, 5:05 PM

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I am sorry to hear about Tony. My Condolences to Tony`s family


Ashtree RockBee
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Jun 20, 2009, 6:08 PM

Posts: 1918
Location: Ashford, Middlesex
Team(s): Ashford Town (Middlesex), Bognor Regis Town, Brentford

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I got back today from holiday and discovered this immensely sad news. This'll sound pathetic, but I'm having a bit of trouble typing this through moist eyes.

My sincere condolences to Tony's family and, of all the comments I've read today, I'd like to compliment Vienna and Mishi for their posts, which say the sort of things I'd love to but with far more eloquence than I could ever manage.

I never met Tony, but he turned me from a football lover into a compulsive nerd who'd spend hours trying to work out what fixture to visit in a month's time if my original game was cancelled - and I've loved every minute of it.

Because my wife-to-be is scared of flying, we're driving northwards for our honeymoon this October (during the season - what would Tony have thought!), and the first three days will be spent in York. It'll be a beautiful place, with hopefully an extra star in the sky looking down, clutching a rattle or something similar. RIP Tony, and thanks for everything.


(This post was edited by Ashtree RockBee on Jun 20, 2009, 6:09 PM)


PeteTheDart
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Jun 20, 2009, 9:00 PM

Posts: 1
Location: Prenton Park
Team(s): Dartford

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After a week away from home, I have just logged on and read of the sad loss of Tony. I have also had to register with this site in order to post, as previously I only ever hit my 'favourites' button to go straight for the latest information. I have also just read the article from the nlp at the beginning of May which highlighted Tony's background. IT. Now we know the reason how Tony was able to put together such a brilliant website, with his IT and mathematical background . So much information to such an incredible depth involving so many clubs - and perhaps - most importantly, also being accessed by so many supporters to a degree that it appears even Tony was overwhelmed by the esteem in which he was held as the site became ever more popular. In excess of 300,000 hits on Saturdays at the end of the season!!

It is a fitting tribute to Tony that he has brought the Non League footballing fraternity together in a way that would have been considered almost impossible only a few years ago. To me, the Non League scene is such a breath of fresh air compared to the Premiership and Football League scene, and Tony's past efforts have enabled so many of us to enjoy the camaraderie of the Non League scene, whilst at the same time, also enable us to take an interest in all levels of the game.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Tony's family and close friends at this difficult time, and there will be many others at Dartford Football Club, who will feel the same.

Many thanks Tony, for all your efforts. RIP.


Casual-Corinth
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Jun 21, 2009, 1:32 AM

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So sad that it happens to the good guys, thanks for all your time and effort. You were a true Corinthian



E-DUOBUS-UNUM

Corinthian-Casuals Football Club, member of the Isthmian League.
A club rich in history and proud of its traditions


roy142857
Youth Team Regular

Jun 22, 2009, 6:41 PM

Posts: 204
Location: Slade Green
Team(s): Slade Green Knights, Orpington, Dartford, Phoenix Sports, Ebbsfleet

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Tony, may you rest in peace and rise in Glory.

My thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family at this sad time. He certainly touched many lives through his efforts on the non-league site - to bring both pleasure and knowledge to people is certainly a great achievement.

Roy


MidComb
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Jun 22, 2009, 11:59 PM

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Tony, if you are logging on from the eternal internet cafe then I want to say publically what I said to you privately. You are a legend.

To all Tony's family, my deepest sympathy.

To those now tasked with keeping this place going, Tony found a niche providing access to facts when for the most part non-league football is littered with rumours & nonsense. That is a high standard to reach, let alone maintain. Good luck.


pinnnerwolf
Junior Team Star

Jun 23, 2009, 7:43 AM

Posts: 96
Location: Pinner Middlesex
Team(s): Wolverhampton Wanderers and Serbia

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Just to add my condolences to the family. Whatever your beliefs it is certain we live on through the memory of others. Tony's site gave so much pleasure and hopefully will continue to do so well into the future and is a real memorial to a very special person.

Pinnerwolf aka David Denton


Billybadknees
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Jun 23, 2009, 10:29 AM

Posts: 469
Location: Dronfield
Team(s): Sheffield FC, Sheffield Wednesday, Staveley MWFC

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Just back from holiday to hear this terribly sad news.

A true legend of the football world.



Sig-lite!


baldangel
Junior Team Regular

Jun 23, 2009, 6:41 PM

Posts: 50
Location: Staplehurst
Team(s): Tonbridge Angels, Gillingham, Tunbridge Wells

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Tony created a Premier League site out of the non league game, that hopefully will be his legacy for many years to come.

RIP


Darren
Youth Team Regular

Jun 23, 2009, 7:38 PM

Posts: 251
Location: Mossley
Team(s): Mossley

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This website is a brilliant source of information, created by a wonderful man of which no praise could ever be too much. Thank you for everything you did Tony and may you rest in peace.



COME ON MOSSLEY


thowdreds
Youth Team Star

Jun 24, 2009, 4:20 PM

Posts: 293
Location: Southampton
Team(s): Accrington Stanley, Blackburn Rovers, BurnleyLeicester City, Halesowen Town

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I will always be grateful for the amount of information Tony provided. My thoughts and prayers are with the family


avfclancs
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Jun 24, 2009, 9:18 PM

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As with many other I never met Tony but his site rekindled my love for football and I am now the proud owner of a season ticket for a L4 club.

My condolences to Tony's family, the football world has lost a true champion


jon b
First Team Star

Jun 26, 2009, 1:30 PM

Posts: 2429
Location: Dronfield
Team(s): SUFC, SWFC etc

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Sorry to hear of Tony's passing. A great loss.

The universal respect for his site reflects his qualities and values.

Condolences to his family.

RIP


multilevel
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Jun 26, 2009, 2:50 PM

Posts: 354
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Sites like the one Tony created are exactly what is good about the internet and its ability to enthuse and connect people. In years to come when they write a history of the internet, Tony's site will be an example of the wonders of its early days and a blueprint for many other sites.

Tony may be gone but his legacy will be around forever.


Dunc4403
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Jun 26, 2009, 4:42 PM

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Sad news my condolences.
Dunc @ JW Hunt Cup.


MOUNTAINEER
Youth Team Sub


Jun 26, 2009, 10:44 PM

Posts: 131
Location: High Wycombe
Team(s): Wycombe Wanderers, Truro City, Tottenham Hotspur

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I must add my name to the tributes above, there is nothing more I can add that hasn't already been said.

R.I.P Tony you done us proud.

Condolences to the family.

Ivor Marshall
Truro City fan.

___________________________________________________________
I apologise for not posting earlier, I had problems accessing the forum.

(This post was edited by MOUNTAINEER on Jun 26, 2009, 10:48 PM)


ladderman
Man City Transfer Target!

Jun 27, 2009, 6:10 PM

Posts: 7102
Location: Bishop's Stortford
Team(s): Bishop's Stortford & Cambridge United

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There is nothing more I can add. Rest In Peace, Tony. You'll be missed by so many.


SparkyRebel
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Jun 27, 2009, 10:38 PM

Posts: 1063
Location: Berkshire, UK
Team(s): Worthing FC

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Best wishes to all of Tony's family and loved ones.

Tony will be missed so much by us all.

Rest In Peace Tony.


Monsieur Pascal
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Jun 28, 2009, 5:44 PM

Posts: 322
Location: In transit
Team(s): Coventry City for my sins

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I have accessed Tony's site for a few years now, and although I did not become a registered poster until very recently, this site was always the place to come for updates, standings, banter, more so than most other football sites. Comprehensive is an understatement of the site's content.

Also followed Tony's own postings about his illness from the start, hoping that the treatment would have paid dividends, but quietly realising that an earlier demise was always possible, even likely.

I didn't know Tony, but I was always amazed that 1 person - though presumably supported by an army of like-minded individuals feeding him reliable stats from all about - could manage to do all of this stuff, and in a timely manner. I have been an official statto and a league secretary in my time, so I had an inkling of the workload, and handling 2 divisions was more than enough for me. Tony was a colossus and he will be sorely missed. Those of you hoping to follow in his footsteps on this site, to continue Tony's good works, have a hard act to repeat.

My condolences to his family & friends.


StokePriorAndy
First Team Star

Jul 9, 2009, 3:54 PM

Posts: 2118
Location: Blackwell Bromsgrove
Team(s): Bromsgrove Sporting, Bromsgrove Rovers, Tottenham H, Gainsborough Trinity

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I had a couple of chats with Tony after his diagnosis and found his concerns were more for his family than for himself.

My heartfelt condolences go out to all the family at the loss of a husband and father.

RIP Tony


Joseph
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Jul 15, 2009, 9:08 PM

Posts: 4
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A true jewel in the non-league crown, and a great loss to the game.

Rest in Peace, Tony. My thoughts are with your family and friends.



[url=http://rdfcfansblog.wordpress.com/]Rushden & Diamonds Blog


saxontown
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Jul 24, 2011, 10:33 PM

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Sorry not to have marked the anniversary on the correct date but just a note to remember our founder.

Two years have now passed since Tony's sad passing.Still greatly missed.

 
 


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