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Gareth leads tributes to Monty Seymour

14 January 2017

Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth says Monty Seymour will be sorely missed after the club president passed away on Thursday night aged 102.

To add your tribute, please email matt.cecil@wwfc.com.

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“It was always such a pleasure to spend time in Monty’s company and it gives me such pride to be manager of the club where he has been president for 50 years, playing such a big part in creating this amazing club which means so much to so many.

"When I first came to the club, he was very quick to introduce himself to me and he was always behind the boys.
 
“I’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit him at the nursing home in the past few months, and he always had that same unmistakeable smile and warmth about him. He always wanted to know about the boys and the football.

"He was such a special man and the legacy that he leaves at Wycombe Wanderers is something that can never – and will never - be forgotten.”

- Gareth Ainsworth, Manager of WWFC

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"I've known Monty for a number of years and certainly during my time as chairman he was always the star attraction in the boardroom whenever he attended matches at Adams Park. He always had a story to tell and could entertain people for hours with his sense of humour.

"He represents so much that is great about Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, and its proud history through the years. This is a sad day as we mourn his death, but soon we will be able to celebrate the incredible life that he led, and all that he did for his beloved football club and the local community."

 – Andrew Howard, Chairman of WWFC

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“On behalf of the players of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, we would like to express our most sincere condolences to Monty’s friends and family, and everyone who knew him well.

The squad were saddened to hear news of his death on Friday morning and hold the utmost respect for everything he has done for the club we are proud to represent.” – Matt Bloomfield and Paul Hayes, club and team captain

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“Monty was the best person I have met in football.  A unique and wonderful character who has done so much for WWFC, and it has been a privilege to know him and talk with him.”

– Mark Burrell, Director of WWFC

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"A lovely man who, despite advancing years and hearing difficulties, always took such an interest in Wycombe Wanderers and he was a pleasure to talk to. His name lives on at the ground and we will honour him for years to come."

– Alan Cecil, Director of Wycombe Wanderers Trust

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“Monty had the ability to talk to anyone about anything. Even at over 100 he still had a joy of life. My only regret is not getting him to record his memories on tape about the club and the town he loved so much. His memories of football and Wycombe were unrivalled.”

- John D Taylor, WWEPA Vice-Chairman

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“A privilege to have known Monty for over 50 years. A true gentleman and encourager. The naming of Monty's Bar and the display which covers all the years of his long life is a fitting tribute to him.”

- John Bignell, WWEPA member & Director of Wycombe Wanderers Trust

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"It was a pleasure, Monty.

"The death of Monty Seymour at 102 brought to an end the wonderful life of a man dedicated to High Wycombe who was well known in the town for his skills as a chemist when owner of Hughes in the High Street.

"My first ever meeting with Monty came when I was a six-year-old lad when my Mother introduced me to him and his wife Betty whilst shopping in a grocer’s shop close to High Wycombe Cricket Ground in the late 1940’s. He patted me on the head and said “Who is this then?”. It proved to be a really valuable introduction as we were to meet on so many occasions and events over the next 60 years.

"He was a man full of remarkable stories connected to the town, Borlase Grammar School in Marlow, the Second World War, Wycombe Wanderers FC and Royal British Legion. In 1966 he became President of Wycombe Wanderers, a dedicated supporter both on match days or whenever he was needed to help. Always there. Always popular. And when he began to suffer with a loss of hearing, he could always use it to his advantage. Laughter was a key part of being with Monty when he was holding court.

"When we moved to Daws Hill Lane in the late 70’s he came round looking for a contribution to the annual Poppy Appeal and was delighted to see us. “Anything I can do to help you settle in, let me know.”

"During that time our paths crossed when, as Chairman of Borlase Parents’ Association, a difficult decision had to made to allow girls into the school. As Monty was a former pupil I decided to seek his advice and discuss the decision we had made to allow girls in.   He was terrific in rounding up some of his schoolmates to help push and back our decision, which in the long term proved to be a good one.

"During my time at Wycombe Wanderers it was a delight to talk with him after a game in the Boardroom. He always had an opinion about the players and especially the referee. He thoroughly enjoyed talking to the manager and offering his revue.

"The 100th birthday celebration held by the club was just spectacular. So many people turned up to celebrate with him and support his life of achievements. He will be forever held in esteem and gratitude by everyone who knew him.

"God Bless You Monty. It was an absolute pleasure to have known you!!"

- Alan Hutchinson, Chairman, Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association

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My first encounter with Monty Seymour was not directly to do with Wycombe Wanderers.  My brother and I were playing football one afternoon and as often happened, the ball found its way to a nearby garden. We went round with my dad to retrieve the ball and it just so happened that the house belonged to Monty himself.

"Being a young lad of eleven, I had no idea who he was then, but my dad pointed out he was not only President of my much beloved Wycombe Wanderers but had also been a friend of my Grandpa when he was alive. The two men had both been local businessmen and were involved in Rotary Club and had the common connection of our local football team.

"Not only do I remember Monty being a talkative and friendly gentleman as he took us through to the  garden to retrieve said football, but he even presented my brother and I with chocolate bars as we said our thank yous and left. I doubt it was my mention of my love for WWFC that resulted in such a warm gesture, more that he was just a kind and generous person.

"As with many fans, I often saw Monty at games and in the town following that. The day after a cup defeat around fifteen years ago, our paths crossed once more in the town and, seeing my Wycombe shirt, he quipped ‘You should be wearing black after yesterday!’ He was also present at the launch of the ‘Chairboys 125 Exhibit’ at Wycombe museum in 2013 and when Trust chairman Trevor Stroud gave his address to the crowd he referred to Monty and his age – then a remarkable 98. Gareth Ainsworth was stood just behind me whispered under to the person next to him ’98!’ It was not so much his age that was so impressive but the fact that he remained so active at the same time.

"He was a big link to the past of the club we love so much but he was also invested in our present and future – I felt a great sense of pride when I looked at an anthem jacket this season that contains the names of all the investors in the Trust’s share scheme and I saw my name directly below his. Monty’s passing has come at a time when the club feels on the up with league form looking good, a quarter-final in one competition and a big cup match at White Hart Lane on the horizon in another. But a bright future can only come from a strong past, and ours was built by characters like Monty Seymour who helped make Wycombe Wanderers what it was, what it is and what it will be in the future."

- Phil Slatter, committee member of WWISC



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