Wymondham football club urges people to attend Saturday match as mark of tribute to Les King

Les King at Park Farm in Hethersett.

Les King at Park Farm in Hethersett. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Wymondham Town Football Club has urged people to come to its match on Saturday as a mark of respect to Wymondham's Les King, who died on Sunday.

A statement from the board says: 'This Saturdays match was already going to be a significant occasion. It is the first match at the King's Head Meadow (KHM) since the club fought valiantly to stave off the council's attempts to evict the club after 133 years.

'So it was always going to be a celebration of securing the football club in Wymondham and the future of adult men's and ladies' football which Les always wanted.

'Saturday was also going to be a rallying point for all people to protest against the council's decision to rip the playscape up. The football club are in total solidarity with all those who are fighting to keep the playscape and we hope to see very, very many people in that area and around the KHM during the game so we have a united front.

'All these events have been overtaken by the very sudden passing of our beloved life president and Wymondham legend Les King. Les touched so many people's lives in Wymondham and beyond with his total commitment to local sport and his fantastic charity work.

'We wish to make Saturday an absolute celebration of Les King for all those who knew him, loved him and he helped, to come out and support his beloved Wymondham Town Football Club. There will be a minutes silence then a minutes applause so Wymondham people and those beyond Wymondham can thank Les properly for the fantastic work he put in to the community.

'Please, please come to make this a special day and to thank Les for everything. Let's show the press and media that Wymondham cared deeply about this legend and let's see if we can truly fill the KHM.

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'The club house will be open from 11am, appreciation of Les will take place at 2.20pm and the match will kick off at 2.30pm. It's the least we can all do for a man who gave so much to be there and support his team in this match.'

Mr King was known as the King of Sport, having been heavily involved in various teams and clubs over the years. He was a keen fundraiser and a champion of local causes.

Dozens of tributes have flooded in since his death on Sunday.