Sad news has reached the club of the passing of former Angels chairman, William Wheeler. For many younger supporters the name may not be too familiar but within the history of our club this gentleman is very important.
In the late 1970’s the council wished to develop Tonbridge’s old ground into a shopping complex, now the site of Sainsbury’s. With the local authority either unable or unwilling to assist the Angels in finding an alternative ground it was quite conceivable that the club could have folded at that point. Chairman Bill Wheeler and fellow director Frank Davis had other ideas and courageously took the local authority to the High Court and won. One might describe it as the biggest victory the Angels have ever had.
Out of the legal proceedings came our existing ground, Longmead, and our picture shows Bill on the extreme left pointing down a field which was of course later to become our hallowed turf. We think the party are standing in the vicinity of where the North Stand is today.
We all tend to moan when the team has a disappointing afternoon on the pitch but perhaps at those moments we should remember that without people like William Wheeler we might not have a club to enjoy today.
The Club sends it heartfelt condolences to all of Bill’s family and friends.
RIP Bill. Gone but not forgotten.
Picture: Kent & Sussex Courier
Updated 15:47 - 16 Feb 2018 by Jim Rowe