Don Woodford

 

Don Woodford 1943 – 2021  

 

Don was a lifelong and stalwart supporter of the Port.  

His footballing involvement began by becoming the youngest linesman in the Island First Division, a role he held until the age of 20.  

He also played for many island sides such as Cowes, Newport Reserves, Parkhurst, Carisbrooke, Barton to name a few.

Throughout the years he held many roles in the club including serving on the Supporters Club Committee, Ground Committee and supporters trust. He loved to take his sons Dean, David and Peter to Church Litten in what was considered the golden years of the club in the Hampshire League to watch home games. When the club moved to St Georges Park this trend continued by taking his grandson Kyle with him to watch games. This is when his involvement became more in depth. He would help on match days putting the flags out and selling stand seat tickets. He would also man the barriers at the end of the game and escort the officials off of the pitch. He then became more involved with the Supporters Club and helping at car boot sales on the field and in the buffet. Latterly after the passing of Ollie and Margaret Hamilton he undertook the hospitality side of club with his wife Hazel until ill health meant she could no longer fulfill the role. He hosted the visiting match and club officials at St. George’s Park during the Beazer Homes/Dr Martins Southern League and Premier League Campaign he also travelled to away games in an ambassadorial role. He continued this role until his health meant he was unable to travel so concentrated on all home matches including the reserves again until his detrimental health meant he was unable to do this. He still followed the fortunes of the club up until his last days.