Town pays Wembley tribute to club stalwart Don

Brian Turnbull, Don Carman and George Barras, pictured in 2011 marking out the pitch in preparation for the new season.

Brian Turnbull, Don Carman and George Barras, pictured in 2011 marking out the pitch in preparation for the new season.

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Morpeth Town players will wear amber ribbon in today’s FA Vase final in tribute to one of the club’s most faithful servants.

The ribbon is the remember the many years of loyal service and hard work given to the club by Don Carman.

Don died in his home at the age of 79 on April 27, and his funeral took place at St James’s Church on May 11.

Club chairman Ken Beattie said he gave almost all of his spare time to Morpeth Town.

Mr Beattie added: “When I joined the club fresh from junior football and we played our home games at Storey Park, I can remember Donny as a man in his early 30s always there watching matches and always helping out with jobs such as taking down goalposts and putting up nets and buying and selling tickets to raise funds for the club.

“In later years, during the tenure of such stalwarts as Bill Holian and Ron Griffiths, Donny became more active on the committee and then following the move to Craik Park in 1992 he came into his element.

“He was a huge help during the phase when the ground was being put together, helping to erect the perimeter fence and plant the surrounding conifer trees with the aid of people like Wullie and Margaret Smith.

“Then once the ground was built, he was up there every day with his friend Brian Turnbull working on the pitch and grounds that were kept immaculate – it was his pride and joy. He loved it when referees would congratulate him on his pitch.

“I spoke recently with one of Donny’s pals Clive Fogarty, who came by our club stand in the Market Place, and he recalled to me how he and Donny would sit for hours at his allotment recounting talking about lots of topics that would always lead back to football and Morpeth Town.

“Donny was such a great worker and despite running the morning shift at Brian Penfold’s shop every day – up every morning at 4am which he did for many years – he still found the time to give the same level of service to his football club. If I had to give a description of Donny as a man, I would describe him as a very humble person who would help anyone and someone who was totally reliable and trustworthy, a man who loved his family and not least a real character.”

The twisted loops of ribbon were made by staff at The Sewing Box in Morpeth.