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Humbled By Generosity Of Supporter - 31 May

Shrivenham Football Club is humbled to announce that following the passing of local supporter Francis (Frank) Smith in June last year, we have recently received a generous cash donation that he bequest the club.

"Flanners” as he was known to those around the club, was former club player and scored a great many goals for the club and in his later years became an avid visitor to Barrington Park on game days and club Chairman Matt Hirst said that the club will think of a suitable way to honour his memory. "His generosity is unprecedented in terms of this club. I don’t think we’ve ever received a bequest before so we really want to honour the kind gesture Flanners has made, and we’ll be discussing how best we can do that at our upcoming committee meetings during the close season. It’s likely the donation will be used to help update our club house in some way as we have several projects already planned so this money will now asist some of them become a reality. We know he used to enjoy coming up on match days and he is fondly remembered by everyone at the club – he was quite a character!”

Frank, as he was more commonly known around the village, was laid to rest at Kingsdown Crematorium on July 5 [2017] and had been an avid supporter of Shrivenham Football Club for many years. Following his passing, solicitors informed us that a proportion of his estate had been left to the club and as matters have now been settled, the club recently received his donation.

"We’re not talking millions, he was a modest man, but it’s a massive amount of money for a small village club like Shrivenham, and we’re extremely grateful that he even thought to do such a thing as it’s certainly nothing we ever expected" the Chairman continued. "It will make a huge difference to us, and we can’t thank Flanners enough for being so kind and thinking of helping the club in this way.

"It make us reflect on how important a part of someone’s life grassroots clubs can be, especially in playing in the local community and we will certainly be naming our end of season Top Goal Scorer award after him from this coming season, as it’s the least we can do in his honour. We hope he is looking down on us every Saturday afternoon and still enjoying the game.”


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