Everybody at Guildford City Football Club was very sad to learn that our club Founder and Patron John Woodhatch passed away yesterday. John, a former Mayor of Guildford, re-established the club in 1996 by negotiating for Burpham FC to move to the Spectrum and play as the “town’s club”. John started watching ‘The City’ as a boy before the Second World War and until the Spring of this year John and his partner Ruby were still regularly attending matches, and his cries of “Red Army” and the sound of his rattle will be much missed by everybody. We were honoured to be joined at our match this evening by a large number of John’s family, and a minutes applause in memory of John was observed before the game by players, family and supporters alike. The players also wore black armbands in his memory.
A full appreciation of John and his support for Guildford City will be published in our match day programme on Saturday.