Glossop North End pay tribute after death of popular fan
Friday 9th September 2016 @ 17:38 by Adam Higgins

Glossop North End players, staff and supporters have paid tribute to a fan they reckon was one in a million.

Alison Henley passed away just a couple of weeks ago after a long illness.

But such was her popularity at Surrey Street that the players gave Alison a round of applause on the field before the league game with Hyde United.

Fans made banners in her memory which they unfurled at the match.

There was also a tribute to Alison in the match programme, complete with photographs of her holding some of the club’s silverware.

The tribute read: “Having moved to Glossop from the south for work around the turn of the decade, Alison immersed herself in North End.

“She had been a home and away Arsenal fan, but downgraded that support to become a full-time Hillman.

“Alison was well known as a friendly scourge of opposition goalkeepers, always on hand to offer handy improvement pointers to them after errors, or advice on how to do worse after saves.

“In addition, she was always on hand to offer tactical advice to the Gaffer, no doubt one of the reasons for Glossop success over the last two seasons.

“Even when in hospital for treatment Alison would text fellow supporters for updated and reaction from the games she had been forced to miss.

“She was delighted that having been prevented from attending the title-clincing 3-0 game versus Nelson in April 2015, the league winners’ trophy went to visit her in hospital the next day.

“Alison didn’t just make it to the FA Vase Final, she also worked a number of shifts in the club shop and earned a prime seat on the open top bus as the lads paraded the two trophies won that season through the town.”

The tribute went on: “In her short time with North End, Alison made a wonderful impression on a great number of people and she will be missed very much.

“We send our deepest condolences to her family.

“There will be a minute’s applause prior to kick off today in memory of Alison.

“The club thought about a minute’s silence but, as was pointed out, Alison didn’t do anything quietly.”


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