LOVING tributes of remembrance have been paid to a popular area stalwart and Gainsborough Trinity FC supporter Jack Fields.
Jack was 83 when he died of cancer on 31st July this year, but he was just seven-years-old when he saw his first Trinity match at the Northolme – and has been a ‘true blue’ ever since.
“He was Trinity through and through,” said Jack’s daughter Sandra Mobbs. “He was even a ball boy at one point.”
“One of my biggest regrets is that he didn’t dictate his memoirs to me because he had so many amazing Trinity stories and he must have been one of the longest serving supporters until recently.”
She continued: “Until recently he went to all of home and away games and both my dad and myself were part of the famous Breakfast Club – I’m really going to miss that.”
Not only was Jack very popular locally but he was also a dedicated family man.
“To me, he was much more than a father – he was a friend with a marvellous sense of humour and my brother and I both enjoyed that and had a lot of laughs,” said Sandra. “He was a doting and dedicated father and a devoted husband too. He was caring for my mum with dementia 24 hours a day, even at the age of 83.”
“I shall miss getting to the Northolme ridiculously early and sitting there with him talking about Trinity and putting the world to rights. They were special times.”
Close friend and fellow Trinity supporter Steve ‘Stevie Blue’ Summers, from Hertforshire added: “We formed a lasting friendship and I soon realised that he was a true gent and a true Blue. He will be sorely missed.”
Steve continued: “When I arrived in Gainsborough on Saturdays we’d also go to the Blues Breakfast Club at Canutes and we’d all have a good laugh before we made our way to the Northolme.”
Another friend and fan added: “In Jack I saw a man whose love for the game was really only surpassed by his love for the club, but both came behind his obvious love for his friends and family.”
Jack’s funeral will be held on Monday 22nd August at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe at 2.30pm and the cortège will leave Co-op Funeral Services on North Street, Gainsborough at approximately 1.45pm, slowing down in front of the Blues Club - in reverence to Jack’s ‘spiritual home’ and so that other cars may join the procession. There will also be one minute’s silence held in Jack’s memory before the Trinity vs Solihull match on 13th August.