Carlton Town FC players and staff are reeling from the death of the club’s much-loved commercial manager Brian Dennett.
Mr Dennett sadly passed away in hospital after contracting Covid-19 earlier this week.
Brian had been with the club for almost 20 years, first becoming press officer before then being promoted to commercial manager.
Carlton Town chairman Mick Garton said he couldn’t remember a day when he received so many text messages as news filtered out about the death of Mr Dennett.
“He was a brilliant Commercial Manager who raised thousands for this football club, even from his hospital bed, he contacted a sponsor to remind him to sponsor an up and coming game. But more than anything a close friend and he will leave a big hole in so many ways,” he said.
Club legend Martin Ball who is still playing for the club, also paid tribute on the club website.
He said: “Brian was a real Nottingham non-league man and one of the genuine good guys in football.
“He epitomised everything that is Carlton Town and going to home games without Bri being one of the first people I have a chat to, while he eats his biscuits, will certainly take some getting used to.
“No matter how often you’d seen him, or how long you had known him he could keep people talking non-league football for hours, and the outpouring of tweets and messages I’ve seen the last 24 hours is the only way I can think to even begin to explain how much he was loved as a person, and as a friend. “
Northern Premier referee Martin Fryer contacted the club this afternoon speaking on behalf of match officials who all knew Brian said
“All the referees enjoyed talking to Brian and it won’t be the same on Match days with him not coming to have a laugh with us. Our thoughts go out to the club and his family”
The club’s senior management have announced they will be naming the Academy Suite at the Miller’s Bill Stokeld Ground on Stoke Lane in his honour.