Because of the current corona virus pandemic, the family of Mickey Holifield have taken the difficult decision to restrict Friday’s funeral of the former Wycombe Wanderers’ hero to close family only. WWEPA had been planning a Guard of Honour at St. Peter's Church, Great Haseley near Oxford, for their former teammate who had graced Loakes Park for a decade from 1971.
Daughter Emma Dreike explained the situation on behalf of the whole family: “Given the unprecedented times we are facing, we have taken this regrettable and very difficult decision. The number of people affected by the virus and no longer able to join us is increasing daily and, given the latest advice from the Prime Minister, it seems that to go ahead as originally planned just isn't feasible. We feel strongly that we don't want it to become a half-hearted occasion and a depleted congregation just wouldn't do Mike the justice he deserves.
“As such, we are planning a Celebration of his Life for later in the year when circumstances allow and will keep you all posted. Donations to Sobell House Hospice and National Trust are still welcomed care of Surman and Horwood, the funeral directors (01844 351323)..
Mickey, who donned the Blues shirt 566 times and helped the club to three Isthmian League titles, died on February 27 aged 71 after a long fight against prostate cancer.
The thoughts of every WWEPA member, the club and fans are with Mickey’s family at this difficult time.