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Wrens mourn death of vice-chairman

16th October, 2016

Rainworth Miners Welfare are deeply saddened to announce the death of vice-chairman Kim Wright, aged just 55.

Kim lost his long battle with cancer on the evening of Thursday 13th October when he passed away at Nottingham's Queens Medical Centre.

However, it was felt that he would not have wished for Saturday's match against Bridlington Town to be postponed, so the game went ahead as normal, with a minute's silence in his memory before kick-off.

The son of former Rainworth guru the late Alan Wright and his wife Eileen, Kim played as a central defender for the club in the mid to late 1980s, and following his playing days he served the club quietly behind the scenes, scorning any official position, until taking over as chairman in 2012, a position he held until stepping down to allow new investment in the club by solar panel company Green Energy, with Mark Hawkins taking over.

When Mr Hawkins left the club to return to Mansfield Town, Kim continued to work tirelessly for the Wrens, refusing the post of chairman because of his illness but serving as vice-chairman, while his company, MSS (Mansfield Sprinkler Services) Ltd became major sponsors.

He carried on attending matches for as long as his health allowed, just weeks before his passing, and even then remained heavily involved right until his final few days.

Chairman Les Lee said: "We've known for some time that Kim's time with us was limited. It was something he accepted philosophically, but his loss will leave a big hole in the club which will be impossible to fill.

"We send our love and our deepest condolences to his wife Anne and to all his family."

The date, time and place of Kim's funeral will be published as soon as it is known.

(Story Source: Rainworth Miners Welfare)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Cleethorpes Town 42 108 99
2 Pickering Town 42 97 72
3 Bridlington Town 42 88 53
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 83 75
5 Thackley 42 78 35
6 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 69 36
7 AFC Mansfield 42 66 24
8 Albion Sports 42 66 1
9 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 65 12
10 Athersley Recreation 42 62 -8
11 Liversedge 42 59 26
12 Bottesford Town 42 56 -1
13 Worksop Town 42 55 -6
14 Maltby Main 42 54 -16
15 Garforth Town 42 53 -19
16 Clipstone 42 49 -22
17 Parkgate 42 41 -30
18 Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38 -36
19 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38 -70
20 Barton Town Old Boys 42 34 -75
R Armthorpe Welfare 42 24 -68
R Retford United (-3) 42 24 -82
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Hall Road Rangers 42 96 62
P Pontefract Collieries 42 95 75
3 AFC Emley 42 95 72
4 Grimsby Borough 42 89 46
5 Hallam 42 82 59
P Penistone Church 42 82 38
7 Knaresborough Town 42 70 19
8 Campion 42 68 28
9 Eccleshill United 42 66 15
10 Selby Town 42 61 -2
11 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 59 9
12 Winterton Rangers 42 59 8
13 Yorkshire Amateur 42 53 -4
14 Brigg Town 42 49 -42
15 Rossington Main 42 45 -17
16 Teversal 42 45 -27
17 Ollerton Town 42 43 -29
18 Shirebrook Town 42 39 -47
19 Dronfield Town 42 35 -44
20 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 35 -75
R Westella & Willerby 42 27 -59
22 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 15 -85

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