Saturday 18 February 2006

 

 

On Saturday 18 February 2006, Bob's ashes were buried behind the goal mouth on Pitch 1 and was followed by the unveiling of the bench that the Colts Football Club have donated.

Bob's family had stressed that they wanted this to be an informal occasion and did not want a sombre dress code. A gathering in the region of 100 people congregated behind the goal-mouth for the internment which was delivered by Phill Roan.

To a back-drop of Al Jolson music which was broadcast from the public address system in the changing rooms, Phill commented on the fact that the weather was a gloriously sunny crisp morning.

Bob loved the football club and Pitch 1 was his pride. After a short prayer and blessing, some of Bob's ashes, as he had wished, were scattered within the goalmouth.

Phill then read a tribute from Nolene (Bob's wife) as follows:

"My beloved husband Bob is where he requested to be after his death, on his favourite football pitch.

Bob's love of football began when he was a schoolboy playing for his school. When he left school he moved on to play for Enderby Town. Then after his National Service, in the middle of the 52/53 season his brother Bill, who was playing for Calverton, asked him to join Calverton Colliery F.C. as they were in need of a goalkeeper.

He played in that position until he was 43 years old. When the regular grounds-man retired Bob would come out of the pit earlier on Fridays to mark out and put up the nets until he took over as Grounds-man.

He thought the Colts organisation was brilliant, bringing football to all ages. He would watch all the matches played every Saturday, Sunday and mid-week, trying to pick out the youngsters with talent. Bob followed Sam Hodgson and his team-mates with great interest from when they were young schoolboys to the Under 17's and was very proud of all their achievements.

Now he will always be within the sound of football and keeping an eye on Choca to make sure he keeps everything tip top.

So rest in peace My Darling until we meet again. "

The guests then moved to the area next to the all weather training court where Bob's bench was unveiled.

   

Viv Corcoran gave a short speech and referred to the inscription, "Anyone Seen Bob...". (Please see the Bob Kinton page within the About Us section for Julie's poem).

The proceedings ended with Bob's family welcoming guests to join them in the club for tea/coffee and biscuits.

 
Bob in his goalkeeping days (centre back)
Bob (back row next to right end) with the under17s in France