Northamptonshire Football Association was saddened last week to hear of the passing of John Prentice at the age of 92.
A hugely popular character, John started his career in local football in 1956. He spent much of his early years as a referee and was a prominent figure in the local referee scene around Wellingborough. He was Treasurer of the Rushden and District Referees Association and was involved in mentoring young referees as they came through the system. John also served as President on the Rushden and District Sunday League and had a close association with the league throughout his life. In the 1990’s John went on the be a leading figure in the Northants Senior Youth League where he was co-secretary and treasurer with his wife Margaret.
John joined the Northamptonshire FA Council in 1970, representing the Rushden and District Sunday League. He was a leading member of many committees of the NFA, particularly the Referees and County Cup. He was chairman of the County Cup Committee for almost two decades. He was made a Vice President of the Association and subsequently went on to be a Life Vice President, a post he held until his death. This constituted over 50 years of distinguished service to the NFA.
In 2007, John’s long service to the game was recognised by The FA when he was presented with his FA 50 Years long service medal at a celebration evening at Wellingborough (British Leyland Club).
John was a well-known figure in the game, especially in East Northants. His outstanding contribution as a volunteer throughout the game, was greatly appreciated and will be long-remembered.