AFC Portchester are devastated to have to announce news of the passing of former chairman and life president Steve Woods.
Woods, who died following a short illness this week, was a very popular figure around the Crest Finance Stadium and he played a major instrumental role in getting AFC Portchester to its current status during over 30 years of involvement with the club.
Chairman Paul Kelly described Steve’s impact at the Royals as “massive”. He played a key role in the merger of youth club Castle Royals and AFC Portchester and he proudly represented the club at Buckingham Palace in 2011 (pictured above, second from the right) to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - known as the MBE for voluntary groups.
Woods was also widely known across the Portchester community through his past career as a bank manager and for his support for a number of organisations in the village, including being a school governor.
Chairman Paul Kelly said: “Everyone at AFC Portchester is deeply shocked and saddened at the news of Steve’s death - it is a major blow for everyone connected with the club.
“He played a massive part in helping to build the club to where it is today and without his help and influence we wouldn’t have been able to do it.
“To so many of us he was a colleague and a friend. He was a great character to have around the club and loved by everyone at AFC Portchester.
“On behalf of the club, I send our condolences to Steve’s family and friends at this sad time. I was absolutely gutted when I heard the news of his passing.
“Steve Woods (pictured below in front row, second from the left) will be missed by the club but we will continue to build on his great work to take this football club forward and make him proud of our achievements. Rest in peace Woodsy.”