Former Wisbech Town chairman and March Town United board member Don Vincent dies
By ADAM LAZZARI FORMER Wisbech Town chairman, treasurer and secretary Don Vincent has died. Mr Vincent died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King s Lynn last night (Wednesday) following a lengthy illness, aged 80. He was Wisbech chairman when the decision was
By ADAM LAZZARI
FORMER Wisbech Town chairman, treasurer and secretary Don Vincent has died.
Mr Vincent died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn last night (Wednesday) following a lengthy illness, aged 80.
He was Wisbech chairman when the decision was made to sell Fenland Park and was involved with the club for about eight years.
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Mr Vincent was on the board of March Town United Football Club for the last two years.
His widow Kathleen, 65, said: "Football was Don's real passion in life. He coached a youth team down in Marlow years ago and got involved with Wisbech Town soon after we moved to the area.
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"People will remember Don as being very opinionated. He was so interested in what was going on at the football clubs in Wisbech and then March and he wanted the best for them.
"Don worked very hard trying to resolve Wisbech's financial problems. He loved the club and was down there doing something in the office most mornings."
Mr Vincent was originally from London had been living in Tydd St Giles for the last 17 years and East Anglia for 30 years.
He ran a car business with his son Alan and had dealerships in Chatteris, Ely and Littleport.
Spencer Larham, Wisbech Town Football Club programme and website editor, said: "Don's legacy will be the sale of Fenland Park. Most people understood that the ground had to be sold to save the club and as chairman he was instrumental in that.
"He did just about everything at Wisbech, from tannoy announcer to chairman.
"People will remember Don as being insanely early. On match days he would often be standing waiting for the gates to be opened. He wanted to make sure everything was done on time.
"Don was very opinionated and he had a very gruff voice. This meant that he sounded like he was angry, even when he wasn't. He always made sure he got his point across and he liked to keep young people in check, but I never had a problem with him - Don was a good chap.
"He was very committed to Wisbech. If you called Fenland Park, there was a good chance he would answer the phone."
Wisbech Town are planning to conduct a minute's silence at their next home match, which is against Leiston on February 13.
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