FOOTBALL: Ajax legend Dean passes away

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ONE of South Holland’s most liked and respected football coaches, Dean Herd, has sadly died.

For over 20 years he ran Ajax Athletic Junior FC and was responsible for coaching hundreds of youngsters in South Lincolnshire.

Dean passed away at Boston Pilgrim Hospital on Sunday, aged 54. His funeral will be held at St Mary and St Nicholas Parish Church on Friday, November 25 (11.15am).

A minute of silence was held in his honour before Tuesday night’s United Counties League Cup clash between Spalding United and Holbeach United, with Dean having links with both clubs.

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