East Thurrock United mourn death of owner

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It is with deep sadness that we have to report the passing of Ben Bennett, who slipped away peacefully at his home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, having spent the past few months bravely battling against all the odds.

At this desperately sad time, our thoughts, prayers and condolences are very much with Gro, Dominique, Ben’s wider family and his many close friends.

Ben stepped in to save the club from likely extinction some twenty years ago, agreeing to take over ownership of the club in exchange for clearing our far from insignificant debts.

Since then, under Ben’s patronage, the club has enjoyed the most successful period in our history. Ben was not just our owner, but a passionate supporter of the Rocks, seldom missing a game at home or away. During that time, to his credit Ben was happy to let the managers who worked under him, both Lee Patterson and John Coventry, get on with running team matters without interference.

Ben’s passing leaves a huge void at the club, with many of us being close and long time personal friends. We all mourn the loss of a very special man, and a massive presence around the club.

We will of course be marking Ben’s passing at our next home game, and will pass on funeral details when known.

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