There was a minutes silence at the AFC Sudbury Reserves’ match against Long Melford on Tuesday night to pay respects to a much-loved figure within the community.
Clive Mumford, who was well known to many clubs as the Ryman League’s main electrical contractor, specialised in floodlighting, security and emergency lighting services for the sports industry.
Long Melford FC wrote on its website: “It is with much sadness we learned of the passing of Clive Mumford, uncle of Jules and part of a much respected sporting family, to whom we send our sincere condolences.”
Long Melford FC director Richard Powell said: “Clive had a wicked sense of humour and was admired throughout the football grounds of East Anglia.
“The lights at Stoneylands, Blackhouse Lane, Brundon Lane, Rosemary Lane, Millfield and many others were installed by Clive.”
Clive supported Melford regularly over the last few seasons, home and away, sponsoring several players and enjoyed watching the team play.
Clive’s nephew, Melford manager Jules Mumford said: “Clive was loved by all the family and we’ll miss him dearly. I felt honoured seeing Clive at our games when he wasn’t well at all and I’m humbled by how proud he was of me and all the lads.”
Tributes have been paid to Mr Mumford from clubs across the region.
“Clive literally lit up the ECL with his floodlighting business and was a friend to many,” said Felixstowe & Walton United.
Brighlingsea Regent wrote: “Very sad to hear the news of Clive Mumford’s passing, he was such a lovely guy he always had time for everyone and was a great help to us as a club personally.”
Witham Town added: “Clive continued to live life to the full until his untimely death earlier this week. Our heart goes out to his family at this sad time.”
The Ryman League also sent its condolences to Mr Mumford’s family and friends.
Details of Mr Mumford’s funeral will be released by his family in the next few days.