Sad news has been received at the club of the passing of Mike Bender, described as the Godfather of the Angels Youth Scheme.
Described by those who knew him well as an incredibly generous man totally devoted to the youth players, he was manager of the U18s for many years from the late 1980s with both Paul Emblen and Jon Heath for example coming under his guidance.
A completely selfless person he dedicated hours of his own time, marking pitches, hanging nets and ferrying players to games.
He led a youth tour to the prestigious Mudau Youth Tournament in Germany in the early 90’s reaching the semi-finals.
As Mike was once heard to say :”Maybe we can’t make them all great footballers, but they will all be better young men for the experience.”
He will be remembered fondly by many, many young players who can recall the spirit and sheer fun of their youth days.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Thanks for the memories Mike!
Thanks to Geoff Curtis for the information above.
Updated 16:53 - 19 Mar 2019 by Jim Rowe