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Sad news reaching the club

2 weeks ago By Pete Mayhead

R.I.P. John 'Coach' Hayward

It is with sadness that I must tell you that my good friend and long-time Havant man, John, died yesterday. He was diagnosed with cancer a couple of months ago and was undergoing chemo-therapy, which it was hoped would have led to a remission but, unfortunately, as it is with Chemo-therapy, his immune system was compromised and he contracted an infection which he was unable to fight off. He had been in the Critical Care Unit at the QA for the last week or so but their care could not help him and he passed away at 13:30 on Sunday from organ failure.

I think that most of you will have known John, he was the coach driver for the first team for many years as Hayward Travel then as part of Emsworth and District before we switched over to Lucketts. His memory and knowledge of Havant’s history was phenomenal. It was my friendship with John and Nigel Dade that got me to come to Havant as a supporter in 1997, when I move back into the area. There were a gang of us from the Brewers pub in Horndean who came to both home and away games.

I have spoken to his wife, Julia, this morning, and I will pass on more information as it becomes available. Their son, Christopher, is on his way home, he is living in Australia now. Their two daughters, Becky and Rachel, both live locally as does Julia’s brother, Andy White (250 club Andy and Lindsey) so she has family around her at this distressing time.

Alan Newton
Commercial Director

Updated 11:58 - 26 Nov 2018 by Pete Mayhead

Where next?

Havant v Sevenoaks Preview Havant return to Hooks Lane for only their second home game of the season.


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