John Ward (below) & Ian Drinkwater

The League was saddened to hear of the death of John Ward who was a Life Member and our thoughts go out to his family. John had been ill for some time and had battled bravely to continue his involvement with football.

John began his career in football administration in 1963 and had served the game at all levels from the local parks to the main F.A. Board of Directors. He was Chairman of the Hampshire Football Association Council from 1997 to 2014. He was the Hants F.A. representative to The Football Association from 1998 to 2017.

The League has also heard of the sudden death of Ian Drinkwater, a previous Chairman of Downton F.C. “Drinkie” was always a welcoming figure at Downton and will be sorely missed by all at both Club and League. The League has acceded to a request from the Club to postpone the game on September 4th v Ringwood Town but the game v Whitchurch on September 8th will go ahead in memory of Ian. Once again our thoughts are with his family