Lancing FC are saddened to announce the passing of committee member Michael Clark who died last night after a short illness.
Michael, or Mick as he preferred to be called, first appeared at Lancing at the Division 2 cup semi-final vs Peacehaven during the 2008/09 season. Mick, who was with his friend, Terry Cartwright, introduced himself and intimated that he wanted to join the club committee. He had experience of being involved in the Middlesex League with Trinity Sports FC for whom he also played cricket. Mick was duly elected at the beginning of the 2009/10 season beginning his 10 year association with the club.
Mick went on to be a valued and prominent member of the committee. He was a stalwart of the 100 Club, a tenacious gateman, organised many social events and was the focal point of the end of season presentations. Without Mick, there would probably have not been any trophies to be awarded.
He was assistant secretary for a time but found it difficult due to his continued antipathy towards having a computer and an email address forever escaped him.
He would ooze yellow and blue. He kept a scrapbook with Lancing cuttings and was immensely proud to show this off. We remember him fondly when playing, having beaten Erith & Belvedere away in the FA Vase back in 2010/11, Mick was inconsolable, tears of joy running down his cheeks as Lancing progressed to the next round.
His presence will certainly be missed around the club and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. His family are planning a quiet family service, and Lancing FC will remember Mick on Tuesday with a minute's silence before our league game against Peacehaven.
Updated 13:43 - 20 Feb 2019 by Jack Taylor