Horsham FC pay tribute to legend Roy

Roy Scutt playing for Horsham FC
Roy Scutt playing for Horsham FC

TRIBUTES have been paid to Horsham FC legend Roy Scutt who died on Monday following illness.

Roy, a lifelong servant of the club, joined Horsham at the age of 14, making his debut for the first team at half-back in a 7-0 win over Callender’s Athletic in the Metropolitan League. He made 84 appearances for the first team, and after hanging up his boots he continued to work for the club as team manager. He served on the committee for many years and was eventually elected a life member.

His good friend and former team-mate Ted Streeter said: “We were best mates, best man at each other’s wedding within three weeks of each other and grew up on the same road as children.”

“We were at school together at Denne Road and we joined Horsham Football Club together at the age of 14.

“Roy and his wife Eunice have been close friends of ours for a very long time and our two families have always been very close.

“Roy was a stalwart of Horsham Football Club in those days and there are a lot of players of our generation who will miss him greatly.”

Roy was 17 when he made his Horsham debut as was awe of being in the same dressing room as Owen Parker, a player he had idolised from the Queen Street terraces as a boy and on whom he would model his game. Roy was a measured, unhurried player who was equally at home on the right or left.

A statement on the club website read: “The club offers its deepest sympathies to Roy’s family at this sad time and remembers him fondly as a true club man.”

Information on Roy was kindly supplied by Adam Hammond.