Roy Vinter

Roy Vinter Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of the League’s President and current Treasurer, Mr Roy Vinter.
All at Ashford United and beyond send sincere condolences in honour of such a great man.
Roy had battled a recent illness and lost his battle last night, 3rd January.
 
Roy was last at The Homelands watching the FA Vase game against Littlehampton on the 16th November and although he appeared a little frail he was still as sharp with his comments on the game, of which he loved for his entire life.
 
He will be sadly missed from all who knew him.
 
From the SCEFL website…
 
The Southern Counties East Football League are saddened to report the death of our president, Roy Vinter, on Friday evening.
 
Always a gentleman, Roy was well respected by all those that came across him. He was fair and firm, but always willing and happy to give clubs advice when required. To the many league officials he served alongside, he was the one everyone would look up to and admire.As many of you know, Roy had been ill for some time but he battled bravely and was still taking a keen interest in league matters as well as still serving as our league treasurer.
 
Roy had lots of experience of match officiating at nearly all levels, league administration in various capacities and brought stability to the then Kent League alongside only two chairpersons in his 24 years in the league.At the age of 16, Roy qualified through the North Riding County FA as a class 3 referee and commenced refereeing in local leagues in the area surrounding Middlesbrough. He was promoted through class 2 and then to class 1, even still refereeing while carrying out his national service.
 
His first involvement in league administration came in 1961 when he was appointed registration secretary of the Middlesbrough & District Youth organisations and two years later he became treasurer of the North Riding County (Minor) FA.Work took Roy further south and after initially moving to Slough, he moved to Kent in 1971. He was appointed to the Kent League referees list in 1972, taking charge of the League Cup final in 1979.In the same year he was appointed secretary of Whitstable Town FC before joining the Kent League management committee in 1980. He was then appointed secretary and treasurer of the Kent League in 1990, stepping down from the former role in 2013, the year following his election as league president.Roy has served football in various capacities over seven decades, receiving the FA 50 years service award last year (being a referee doesn’t count), no mean fete for anyone, and all of those involved in Football in Kent have been able to benefit from the experience and knowledge that he had gained. Kent Football and the Southern Counties East Football League will be poorer for this loss.
 
Funeral details will be announced in due course. Our deepest sympathies are with Carol, Roy’s wife of 52 years, and his family at this time.