Diss Town FC suffer second tragedy in two weeks as club president Len Nice dies
Diss Town Football Club has suffered a second tragedy in almost as many weeks after club president Len Nice died of cancer.
Mr Nice died at West Suffolk Hospital on Wednesday, April 29, due to complications with lymphoma. He was 87.
His death comes a fortnight after the death of his colleague, club director Brian Major.
Despite the sad fortunes at the club, chairman Steve Flatman insisted that they will go on in memory of the pair.
“This has made things really hard for us, to lose two people at the club very quickly, but we’ll carry on in their memory – because that’s what they would want us to do.”
Father-of-three Mr Nice, originally from Woodford in Essex, moved to Rickinghall following his retirement from his job as an insurance claims inspector, and went on to spend eight years as president of Diss Town FC, in addition to providing financial support to the club.
His son, Dave Nice, 52, said: “He lived for the football club. The kind of rivalries that seem to fuel modern football didn’t mean anything to him – he was a proper grassroots football fan, but in a very old fashioned sense. Even at 87, he would only ever stand at football.
“He was really proud to support a proper town team, and that was one of the things that was really important to him and something he lived for.”
Mr Flatman added: “Len was an absolute superb man, and supported the club wonderfully well. He was one of the old school – a real gentleman.
“He was always very positive, and upbeat. He was a great asset to the club, and a very good ambassador. I never saw him upset about anything. He took everything in his stride.”
Former colleague and club director Mr Major died from amyloidosis, a rare protein deposition disease, earlier in April.
Following his death, the club said in a statement: “Brian was a club stalwart for many years, assisting the club in any way he could and providing wise counsel as a director and committee member.
“He was also a shrewd observer of the game, who will be sorely missed by his friends.”
Mr Flatman, from Aldrich Way in Roydon, added that the current lockdown restrictions will make it harder for family members and representatives of the club to properly mourn the pair.
He said: “Because of this virus, their send-offs are going to be a lot quieter than they should be. People like Len and Brian only come along once in a lifetime, and they’ll be sadly missed.”
More by this authorJoe Hadden