Liverpool County FA has been saddened to learn of the recent passing to two dedicated volunteers, who each helped to shape grassroots football on Merseyside.
Derrick Ramsden had been involved in local grassroots football for over 60 years, playing for Formby Dons for 26 years, during which time the team won several league and cup honours. Derrick went on to become the secretary and treasurer of the club, before later becoming a qualified referee; splitting his duties over a weekend by playing on Saturdays and refereeing on Sundays. In 2007, Derrick was presented with a Long Service to Refereeing Award by Liverpool County FA in recognition of 30 years of service. Holding the position of treasurer and appointments secretary with the Southport & District Amateur Football League, Derrick was named President of the league – a position he held to his passing. During his time as president, Derrick saw the league grow stronger and improved facilities available to teams.
Everybody’s thoughts are with Derrick’s family and friends, and all who knew him, at this difficult time.
The County FA was also saddened to hear of the death of John Comer, who was a Liverpool FA registered referee for over 30 years in both youth and adult football.
Alongside his refereeing duties, John also served as secretary of Almethack Football Club, who won the prestigious FA Sunday Cup in 1998/99 after beating East Levenshulme 3-1 after extra-time, in a match played at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park.
All at Liverpool County FA’s condolences go to John’s family, friends and all members of the Merseyside grassroots community who knew him.
Both Derrick and John’s contribution and dedication to grassroots football across the region was incredible and we thank them both for everything they have done for the game. They will be sorely missed by all who knew them.