Local football hit by the death of two club stalwarts

Norman Fowler (left) with manager Tuncay Korkmaz and Adam Weston
Norman Fowler (left) with manager Tuncay Korkmaz and Adam Weston

Two local football clubs have been hit by the deaths of club stalwarts in a matter of days.

Langtoft United reported the death of one of their founders, Brian Topham, over the weekend and Deeping Rangers revealed on Tuesday that club president Norman Fowler had died that morning

Topham (62) helped to set up the club with current chairman Barry Woodthorpe in the early 1990s.

The pair were co-managers in the club’s early days in Sunday football and, after a number of successes, they moved Langtoft to the Peterborough and District League.

While he hadn’t been involved on the management side for a number of years, Topham continued to help behind the scenes.

He was present at a number of games this season as Langtoft clinched promotion to the Premier Division for the first time in their history.

Martin Tooth said: “Langtoft would like to express their gratitude for Brian’s invaluable contribution and support to the club over the years.

“He will be greatly missed and everyone at Langtoft passes on their condolences to his family.”

Fowler had been involved at Deeping for more than 30 years.

He began as a manager of the club’s Under 14 team and progressed to working with the senior players before later joining the committee.

He became chairman and had been president for almost 20 years.

Vice chairman Paul Smith said: “Norman fell in love with Deeping Rangers and was very proud of his association with the club. He was a real gentleman.”