Sad news for many involved with Oxfordshire football, Tom Larman has passed away after suffering a stroke.
Tom was the driving force behind Abingdon Town for over 10 years, becoming chairman after the club resigned from the Isthmian League and joined the Hellenic League in 2005. Despite the club being in financial turmoil before he became involved, Tom worked tirelessly to keep the club going.
Tom will always be remembered with fondness – former Hellenic player Gareth Walker commented on Facebook. “He never let anything get him down, through thick and thin he tried his best where ever he went to make people smile, laugh and forget about their problems.”
Chinnor’s Richard Carr said. “Goring Old Boys hosted Chinnor tonight at Abingdon Town and during the game it became known that Tom Larman, after a stroke last Saturday had sadly passed away. When the game finished both sets of players held a one minute round of applause in honour of Tom to respect everything he has done for local football and in particular for the way he has supported Hellenic Veterans football over the last 10+ years. Both sides stayed long into the night in the Abingdon bar and raised a toast to a lost friend.”
Outside of football Tom’s other great passion was drag racing. Having been taken to events as a youngster, he finally fulfilled his dream in recent years by purchasing his own, pride and joy, known as “The Ferret”. Racing the vehicle in events under the “Team Larman” legend.
The thoughts of the Hellenic League are with his wife Wendy, and children, Tom Jnr., Craig and Tara. Tom was a character born with heart, humour and passion, he will always be remembered fondly.