Wycombe have lost another of their ex-players and a loyal fan with the death at 87 of Dudley Kipping.
The son of Wanderers’ 1931 FA Amateur Cup Final winner Jim Kipping, he died in hospital after a fall at his home in Wordsworth Road.
Along with brother Rowley, he tried to emulate his father’s goalkeeping feats and played reserve team football at Loakes Park. But he became better known as a referee, being awarded a 50-year long service medal by the FA in 2007. For 40 years he was President of the Wycombe Referees’ Society before handing over to lifelong friend Bill Cleere in 2006.
The church played a huge part in the life of the Kipping family. Jim was a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at the Union Baptist Church while Dudley, proud owner all of Jim’s vast collection of medals, played the organ there for 68 years.
Rowley died in 2008 but Dudley supported Wycombe, visiting Adams Park regularly up until just a few weeks ago with daughter Sheryl and occasionally other daughters Jan and Michelle.
Jim, a dental technician at Dudley Baker’s in the town before running his own shop in Bowerdean, died on June 27, 1985 just three months after wife Minnie. Dudley was also a well-known shopkeeper, running the Kipping and Wood Store in Naphill for many years.
The Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association will pay tribute to Dudley, along with ten other members they have lost this year, at their annual dinner at Adams Park tomorrow night.