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Norman Worskett

We have received the sad news that Norman Worskett passed away on Sunday 13th March 2016.

Norman was an integral part of the Birmingham & District Amateur Football Association and League for more than 60 years. He was initially a player in the AFA with Handsworth Grammar School Old Boys and then continued to serve the organisation in a variety of principal officer roles including Secretary, President and League Chairman.

He was a true stalwart of the League and the Association before that and fought strongly to maintain our standards and traditions, it is proposed that clubs and officials observe a minutes silence before each of this weekends matches as a mark of respect.

He will be sorely missed and our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this sad time.

Memories of Norman:

It was sad to hear that Norman had passed away.In so many ways, Norman Worskett, together with Bill Hill and others of their generation who are no longer with us, represents what amateur football in the West Midlands was all about.  Norman's knowledge, views and experience will be missed, as we endeavor to balance the history and traditions of the Birmingham & District Amateur Football Association and League with the modern demands and expectations of football moving forward as the Birmingham & District Football League. - Steve Hill, former past President

Norman was my very first contact with the League more than 30 years ago.  He was always a very kind and courteous man who loved football. In many respects he was the essence of the AFA.  I shall miss him. - Keith Curry

I was very sad to receive the news that Norman had passed away. He was a lovely man and a real gentleman and I knew him for over 40 years as a lovely friend and he thought a lot of our Club. He was a true AFA man and contributed so much to the Association, he came to all meetings until his illness. We will miss him and he leaves us with many happy memories RIP Norman. - Norman Jones, Chair of Finance, Cresconians

Norman was a true gentleman and also an important connection with our competition's more Corinthian past. It has been strange going to club meetings and Norman not being there and it will be stranger still not seeing him again. I hope we will find some way of celebrating his contribution in due course. - Ric Bowl, Village, Former Past President

Sincere condolences from myself and all at Lichfield City FC. - Eddie Roper, Lichfield City

Sad news. Lovely man. He used to come to watch us loads when I was in the first team and often came to our presentation nights. - Dean Griffiths, Walsall Phoenix

Athletic Sparkhill FC send out deep condolences to the family of Norman. I knew Norman personally and worked with him, a humble and a great man he was. Norman will be a huge loss to the AFA and his family. R.I.P. Norman. - Ahmed Khan, Athletic Sparkhill

Sad news indeed. Norman was a really nice guy who many of our older members knew well. He came over to Walsall to watch the Phoenix games on numerous occasions over the years and was very supportive of our club. Please pass on our regards. - Neil Taylor, Walsall Phoenix

So very sorry to hear of Norman's passing. Norman was Secretary when Dynamo Brandhall joined the AFA in 1987. He was always helpful and courteous and will be sadly missed. - Phil Colver, Sutton United

Please can you pass on our condolences to Norman's family and loved ones, really sad news. Have fond memories of Norman. Our thoughts are with his family. - Kamran Hussain, Calthorpe United

Very sad news. A lovely kind gentleman who was always very supportive to clubs, colleagues and match officials. He will be greatly missed. - Ian McKay, Auditor

Extremely sad news, please send my regards. - Mohammed Juned, Aston & Birmingham County FA

So sorry to hear the news about Norman, He was a lovely man, always looking for the positive in every situation.  He spent a great deal of time and energy during my presidency on disciplinary committee and on rules revision, but throughout all of his time with the AFA his wisdom and experience were always available to decision makers to his credit. I am delighted to have known and worked with him. - Dave Winzor, former past President