We are very saddened to have to report the passing of long-standing Norsemen stalwart Ian Charles, last night, at the age of 62. Our condolences go to Ian's family and friends at this sad time.
Ian joined Norsemen in 1980 and played as an attacking midfielder. He joined the club committee in 1988 and has carried out all roles in the intervening 25 years. In 2013 he was awarded the the Keith Busby Award for long service by the AFA, who he also assisted in the organisation of the AFA Youth Cup Finals at Norsemen F.C. for a number of years.
Ian has been a popular character in AFA football for several decades, carrying out his role as Match Secretary with a down-to-earth pragmatism and a calm demeanour, much appreciate by his opposite numbers around the Alliance. He will be missed by us all.
Funeral details will follow when they are finalised. Football was a huge part of Ian's life and his family would therefore like to give people the chance to pay their respects.
UPDATE 10/10/2017: We can now announce that Ian's funeral will take place on Friday 27 October at 2.30pm at Enfield Crematorium, Great Cambridge Road, Enfield EN1 4DS and afterwards back at Norsemen F.C., Church Street, Edmonton N9 9HL.