Kettering Town are mourning the loss of legendary club president Sid Chapman who passed away last night (Monday).
Chapman had been suffering from a long illness but will be fondly remembered by many at the Poppies.
As well as being the club president, Chapman was also the groundsman at Rockingham Road for a number of years and, despite his illness, still stayed in touch with what was happening at Kettering as well as making a “substantial donation” to the club when they were fighting for survival last year.
The statement from the Poppies said: “The club has received the sad news that club president Sid Chapman has passed away this evening (Monday) after a long illness.
“Sid was a lifelong Poppies fan, one of the trustees or the original Poppies Pledge and groundsman for many years at Rockingham Road.
“Despite his illness he was kept in touch with the Poppies through his good friends.
“Sid even made a substantial donation to the club last September to help keep us in business.
“We send our condolences to his family at this sad time. Sid Chapman is a Poppies hero and legend never to be forgotten.”
Fans and former players took to social networking sites to pay their own tributes to Chapman.
On Twitter, ex-Poppies striker Lawrie Dudfield, who began his career at Kettering before going on to play for the likes of Leicester City and Hull City, said: “Very saddened to hear of the passing of Sid Chapman tonight. Taught me a lot as a YTS @KTFCOfficial. Thoughts are with his family.”
Former Poppies goalkeeper Lee Harper said: “RIP Sid. #ktfc supporter. Top man, pleasure to have met you sir.”
Another former Kettering player, Michael Boyle-Chong, wrote: “RIP Sid Chapman. Sad news. Remember the days when he rollocked me for making bad tea. Shortly followed by a wink. Thoughts with his family.”
And Northampton Town also sent out a message to their fellow county club. The Cobblers tweeted: “Our condolences to all at @KTFCOfficial following the sad passing of club president Sid Chapman.”