Death of ‘Mr Holbeach United’

Bryan Stamp with ex-professional footballer turned Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson at Holbeach United's 80th anniversary celebrations.
Bryan Stamp with ex-professional footballer turned Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson at Holbeach United's 80th anniversary celebrations.

Bryan Stamp - who served Holbeach United for more than five decades - has died at the age of 79.

He passed away at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital on Saturday.

Bryan retired from the club in April 2006 after 55 years at Carter’s Park in many roles, including player, physio, Reserves’ manager and, for 23 years, fixtures and registration secretary.

Upon his retirement from the club, he said: “There will be a certain amount of sadness for me because Holbeach United has been like a second home to me.

“I’m sure that’s what my wife (Christine) thinks anyway!”

Today, former Tigers manager Shaun Keeble was among the first to pay tribute to his good friend.

He said: “He was a true ‘home grown talent’ who gave so much commitment to Holbeach United over the years as a player, committee member and loyal supporter.

“He was a true friend of all at Holbeach United and offered much encouragement to all players at the club from the youngest to the oldest.”

• See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for more on Bryan and tributes

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