Rooks boss Wormull mourns the loss of his father, Alan

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SIMON WORMULL was this week mourning the loss of his father Alan.

Alan, who died on Saturday, was a legend in his home town of Crawley, where Lewes boss Simon was also born and played for local team, Crawley Town FC. Out sister paper the Crawley Observer this week paid tribute to Alan, saying: “Crawley is lamenting the loss of one of its sporting greats, footballer, fan and enthusiast, Alan Wormull.

“His son, former Crawley Town caretaker manager Simon Wormull found him passed away at home on Saturday.”

Simon said: “I’m devastated as are the family. For me, he was not just my dad, he was my best friend. His life revolved around mine. We would speak everyday without fail.

“He loved my football and was so passionate about it, and through football he touched so many people with his personality and enthusiasm.

“On facebook I had over 200 messages with messages of people’s experiences of dad and what part he played in there life and it was all positive which says a lot about the man.”

Alan leaves behind Simon, daughter Daniella Brackpool, grandchildren Evie, Mollie, Lulu and his longterm partner Helen.

A massive turnout is expected for his funeral on Thursday, March 1 at 3pm at Sussex and Surrey Crematorium, Pound Hill and the wake will be at The Tavern on The Green in Pound Hill.

Speaking to the Observer, Simon added: “Everyone who knew Dad is welcome to celebrate a truly great man.

“We have decided that we do not wish to have flowers, but would like people to make a contribution on the day for the charities of the family’s choice.”

Bobby Rigby of West Green said: “Alan Wormull was a lovely man and a loyal friend. I first played football with Alan at Desmond Anderson School in 1960 when he was 11 and I was 9.

“He was star of the team and a more caring, nurturing person you couldn’t imagine.

“He was the most gifted player of his generation with magic in his boots and kindness in his heart and that was only matched by his team spirit and sportsmanship.

“I was proud to play with him on the pitch to call him a friend.

“Rest In Peace fabulous hero.”

Neil Blackwell said: “Alan Wormull helped us out by managing Oakwood Under-14s who became Sussex County champions in 2007 and finalists in 2008.

“He was a superb as his experience in football at the lower levels was second to none.

“He didn’t have any airs or graces about him and he came and helped Bob Pyle as assistant manager of the Oakwood first team in 2003.

They gained promotion from County League Division 2 into the Division 1.

One minute he could coach children and the next minute he could do adults.

“It’s a huge loss to football in Crawley, very sad. He was a good guy and always had a smile on his face.”