WISBECH: Fitting tribute planned for Town fan Goalbound

PUBLISHED: 10:37 17 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 02 June 2010

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Denis ""Goalbound"" Harris with the strips he sponsored last season. Club captain Paul Cousins is on the left and player-manager Gary Setchell is on the right

By ADAM LAZZARI DENIS Goalbound Harris made a massive contribution to the Fenmen before he died in March this year, and the club have found a fitting way to honour his memory. One of his roles was match-report writer for the club s website and he was r

By ADAM LAZZARI

DENIS "Goalbound" Harris made a massive contribution to the Fenmen before he died in March this year, and the club have found a fitting way to honour his memory.

One of his roles was match-report writer for the club's website and he was renowned for his lengthy and detailed copy.

The club are planning to place a photograph with one of his long match reports in the club house of their new ground, off Lynn Road.

There are also plans to invite Peterborough United to play the opening match at the ground and to make this an annual fixture called the Goalbound Cup.

Mr Harris died from cancer at the age of 73 on March 14.

The match would raise money for McMillan Cancer Support.

Denis's widow, Vivienne, 71, said: "I think this is a lovely idea and a very fitting way to remember Denis.

"He could talk for hours and I think that's reflected in the way he wrote his reports. He would write thousands of words and he wouldn't leave anything out."

Denis gave himself the nickname Goalbound as his username for the fans' forum of the club website.

He moved to Wisbech from Middlesex in 1991 and lived on Fen Close, close to the old ground at Fenland Park.

The Fenmen won the league title that year and Mr Harris fell in love with the club.

He sold raffle tickets and also sponsored the team kit, with money from his own pocket last season.

Mrs Harris said: "He got so much joy from the club and he wanted to give something back. I didn't realise how much he was appreciated at the club."

Wisbech Town FC website editor Spencer Larham said: "We had originally planned to have the Goalbound Cup match against a team of ex-Wisbech players at our temporary Outwell ground, but we didn't think this would be a big enough occasion to honour his name.

"It is early days at the moment so nothing concrete has been put in place. We hope that the new ground will be ready this time next year."

Mr Harris was also a keen chess player and was a member of the National Correspondence Chess Club since the 1970s and a former editor of the club's magazine.

Mrs Harris discovered the week after his death that the club had planned to elect him as their president.


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