Spalding United have released a heartfelt announcement on the passing of a greatly cherished supporter.

The statement reads as follows:

It was with great sadness that the club learned of the passing, yesterday evening, of lifelong Tulips’ fan and Vice-President, Mr Jack Goddard…

Thoughts, prayers and sympathies from everyone in Tulipsville go out to Jack’s daughter Carol (pictured with dad during the UCL Championship season of 2013/14), son Chris and all Jack’s family and many friends at this poignant time.

A veritable fixture at Tulips matches, both home & away, for more years than anyone seems able to remember, it will take some adjustment getting used to not seeing 94 years-young Jack again within the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field and Tulips’ Social Club whenever a matchday rolls around. Jack loved his football and adored his Tulips and was in attendance for our home season opener v Corby Town as recently as 15th August. His passing came after a short illness.

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