Monday 31st March 2008

This morning we received the sad news that John Yates, one of our regular supporters, had died suddenly at home on Saturday morning.

A lifelong football fan, John only 'discovered' Rocester Football Club during the last year or so but he quickly grew to enjoy his afternoons and evenings at Hillsfield, so much so that he began to contribute to the programme with his 'View From The Hill' page, and he became our only season ticket holder - a fact that he was particularly proud of.

John would usually be in the clubhouse reading his programme and enjoying a pint before the game, then he would take his place along the touchline in front of the press box where he would enthusiastically support the team with his shouts of "Come on Rocester!" and join in with the banter.

John will be sadly missed by all of us at Rocester, and our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.

We will be observing a one minute's silence before next Saturday's match against Stratford Town in John's memory.