It comes with huge sadness that I confirm that our friend Geoff Wilde passed away yesterday evening.
I sat with him at our last home game only 2 weeks ago as we talked plans for this year’s hall of fame and next year’s big reunion. The football club has lost a GREAT man and I’ve lost a friend that has given me more support and encouragement than pretty much anyone. I’ll miss the random excited phone calls at 10pm because he’d traced a player we’ve been trying to find or the stories of him travelling the country trying to confirm a date of birth for someone who made 1 appearance. It didn’t matter to Geoff – you wear the shirt once, you’re a Sandgrounder for life.
The book that he co-authored with Mike Braham in the late 90s is the gold standard for all football history books and being frank, nothing we do will ever measure up to the achievement that book was. Geoff encouraged me to set up the former players association and it is built on the back of his work. None of it would have been possible without him.
His life work was his database of players and matches and I’m truly honoured that he asked me in his final weeks to take it over from him. I only hope that I am up to the task.
Today is a sad day but I’m pleased to have known him. So today, Southport fans, raise a glass to Geoff. He deserves real recognition. Goodbye my friend.