Family’s loving tribute to dad who was ‘simply the best’
Friends and family of Paul Chick, a much-loved former manager of Diss Town Football Club, have paid tribute to the father-of-two, following his death at the age of 66.
Mr Chick, who managed the Tangerines from the start of the 1997/98 season until midway through the 2000/01 season, passed away on June 30, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
His daughter Amy said: “There are so many things I will remember about dad, like his sense of humour, his wit, his one-liners and that he supported and stood by my brother and I in everything we did.
“His enthusiasm and desire to succeed was amazing – he was simply the best.”
During his playing days, Mr Chick played for several teams including Norwich City’s youth team, Gothic FC, Thetford and Great Yarmouth.
In management, he formed a partnership with his assistant manager, Donny Pye, making a name for themselves across East Anglia with teams including Wroxham, Lowestoft, Norwich United, Great Yarmouth and Diss.
Steve Flatman, chairman of Diss Town FC, said: “He was a larger than life character with a wealth of football knowledge and experience. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
In his first year at Diss, Mr Chick steered the club to the area final of the East Anglian Cup and the semi-final of the Jewson League Cup.
The following season, the club reached the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final and, the next year, got to the Jewson League Cup final, where they lost 3-1 to Wroxham.
They would also go on to reach the semi-final of the East Anglian Cup and finish in eighth place in the Jewson League Premier Division.
Physio Peter Etheridge, who worked with Mr Chick at Great Yarmouth, Diss and in three spells at Norwich United, said on the latter’s website: “Paul always played to win. He was a great guy and we had some great times. As a football manager, he was one of the best.”
After retiring from management, Mr Chick moved to Spain in October 2012, before returning to England in 2019.
His son, Stephen, said his dad would be remembered for his funny sense of humour, which would always lighten the mood and never fail to make people smile.
He said: “We were the best of friends, we spoke daily and spent a lot of our spare time together doing what boys do and I was always very proud of him.
“He coached me in football, got me into golf, of which I become a professional at 19 years old.
“He passionately supported and travelled with me around the country always pushing me to maximum work ethic levels, he is the reason I work so hard today.”.
“As I grew older, he played much more of a best friend role and we would go and play golf together at Dunston Hall, where he was a regular member, or near his home in Spain; these are the priceless memories, of which I have so many to treasure.”
Mr Chick leaves his brother Colin, son Stephen, daughter Amy and grandchildren Maddison and Lennon.