LOCAL football was in mourning this week for one of its stalwarts after the death of Ken Burgess (88), of Skegby Lane, Mansfield, on Friday.
A well-known former local referee, Ken served for 50 years on the Chad Mansfield Sunday League committee, spent many years refereeing in it and ended up president, treasurer and life member.
League secretary Kath Rowan said: “The management committee and clubs send their condolences to Ken’s wife Vi, son Colin and grandsons Paul and John. Ken will be very sadly missed and a hard act to follow.”
Ken was give lessons in refereeing while serving with the RAF in India but, on demob in 1947, he spent the next three years watching the top local professional sides on a Saturday before being lured back into picking up the whistle as part of the new Sunday league committee.
An engineering draughtsman with the Electricity Board, he also refereed games in the Mansfield Youth League and on a Saturday worked his way up to Midland League standard, where he was in the middle for the reserve sides of many of the top clubs like Mansfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Leicester City and Aston Villa in the forerunner of the Central league until 1972.
He has held every position as as official in the Sunday League apart from referee’s secretary.
Ken also kept a unique chart (pictured above) depicting all 77 names of people who had served with the Sunday League and in what capacity over its 50-year history.
Ken Burgess, pictured, was a local football stalwart.