Upottery net point at Witheridge as they fondly remember ‘Mr Upottery’

PUBLISHED: 14:07 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 26 October 2017




Upottery shared four goals with hosts Witheridge in an entertaining Macron League top flight game.

The villagers’ goals were scored by Dan Scaden, Ryan Vickery, Mark Tucker and Tom Edwards.

It was Edwards, who took the Man of the Match honours with a terrific all-round display capped by a sublime 30-yard volley.

Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn said: “It is a case of two massive points dropped by us. We scored four goals away from home – and a second week in succession we have netted four – but we also shipped four, which left us dropping those points.

“We have to improve, and also remember that we are in this together so we attack as a unit and defend as a unit and, with regard to the latter, we need to do more.”

Meanwhile, the club continues to mourn for a very special person – Don Doble – who passed away in his 91st year recently.

The best way of summing up Don’s importance to the football club comes in a single sentence – ‘he was quite simply Mr Upottery Football Club’.

Mark Joyce says: “Don was the very essence of the ‘one club man’. He was Upottery FC as boy and man and there’s arguably no post within the club he did not do at some stage of his long and wonderful life. He was an inspirational figure – even to the modern day football club.”

Don had played and then managed the club during the 1960s and 1970s. The club folded in 1974, before coming back in later years and, although not involved in the renaissance of the ‘new’ Upottery FC, he was made a life member and followed the club’s fortunes closely. Indeed, he was on parade with the team in their most recent cup final at Ottery St Mary FC when Don was cheering on his beloved team wearing an Upottery FC raincoat presented to him by the club.”

The final word on a great man comes from current Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn who says: “He was a truly wonderful person who gave blood, sweat and, I don’t doubt, the odd tear too for our football club. His name will live long in our memory and I’d like to think that even now he has gone to that big stadium in the sky, he is still there following our fortunes Don, you really were, simply the best.”

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