Filed: Sunday, 23rd November 2008
By: Staff Writer
John Greenacre, the Honourary President of West Ham United Ladies FC has passed away following illness.
Greenacre, a devoted servant to women's football was instrumental in setting up a ladies team at West Ham back in the mid-1970s. After a spell away from the club in the 1980s he returned in 1992 to reform the team/s that still exists today.
During his time with the Hammers his roles, amogst others, included chairman, treasurer, first team and junior team manager. He retired last year after accepting the role of Honourary Club President following more than 30 years in the game.
Despite his illness John still took time to watch the ladies teams and will be much missed by his family and all those who worked with him at West Ham.
As a mark of respect all games featuring Hammers ladies this weekend have been postponed. Our condolenses go to John's family.
by Peter Greenacre
07:17PM 3rd Jul 2009
''I miss you loads uncle John, you will always be missed.''
by Julie Hills
05:31PM 9th Jun 2009
''After nosing around various footballl sites I have just learnt that John Greenacre passed away late last year and this news has left me deeply shocked and saddened.
John was my manager when I first joined the original West Ham Ladies aged 12 (1978) and both he and his then wife Lesley kinda took me under their wing (as they did with all the youngsters). They had two boys who also came everywhere with the football teams.
John also managed the Romford Ladies team for a period of time and I also played there for him too!
John was 'a real football man' and I've no doubt that women's football will be mourning his passing.
My sincere condolences to John's family, friends and colleagues.
RIP John X ''
by Deborah Jacks
02:54PM 24th Nov 2008
''It was a shock to hear of John's death. He was such a lovely great guy and will be deeply missed. I will miss our chats x RIP x''
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