VCD Athletic have released a statement announcing the death of their former manager, Martin Ford. It reads as follows:
'It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of our former manager, Martin Ford, who sadly lost his battle with cancer earlier this afternoon. Our club has lost one of its most influential members who, since his arrival in the early 1990’s lifted the club from the Kent County League into one of the mainstays of the former Kent League. His record and contribution is outstanding as, not only did he amass a number of cup final victories plus a league championship, but his vision and efforts laid the foundations of the excellent set-up that we have today.
Not only did he manage our First Team but he was also heavily involved with our youth teams over the years as he strived to take the club forward, and the tireless work he put in helped the club grow towards its present status.
Martin was well known in football circles and the many people he encountered over the years will undoubtedly be shocked by today’s news. We offer our condolences to his family at this sad time.
The club recently lost another stalwart with the passing of former player and manager Paul Foley a short while ago after a long illness. Paul first joined the club as a player, before enjoying success as our manager, culminating in our first promotion to the Isthmian League.
The contributions to the Vickers of both Martin and Paul are greatly appreciated by everyone associated with the club.'
The condolences of everyone at the Isthmian League go out to Martin's family and friends, and to all at Oakwood, at this sad time.