Originally published in the programme for our home game with Hungerford Town on October 22nd, and was handwritten by Tim Scott, chair of the Supporters' Trust in the style of one of Paul's wonderful Pink n Blues on the Booze fanzine
It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Paul Thomas last week. Known to many of us at Dulwich as the "Editor in Chief" of Pink n Blues on the Booze, Paul was at home amongst the Rabble. I'd got to know Paul over the years as a regular, both home and away. He'd always ask how I was, whether my other clubs (Stockport or Corby) were doing well, and then sometimes he'd launch into a shaggy dog story about something weird he'd witnessed in the local Wetherspoons; stories that would late be summarised in P&BotB.
He also told me about his mum, Vera Dace, and her illustrious past as a table tennis star (winning 3 golds at the World Championships). She was also a tennis player and on the 4th September 1939 became the only player in lawn tennis record books to have started a final in peacetime and won it during war time! He gave me a photocopy of the story, framed, from an old book to prove it, complete with a note of authenticity in his own instantly recognisable handwriting.
Originally a single sheet, printed on the back of old menus nicked from Wetherspoons, P&BotB evolved into a mini zine by the end; always handwritten, and complete with crossings out, crammed in additions & corrections. The attention to detail on pubs to avoid and pubs to seek out was complimented with whimsical observations and forthright opinions.
Originally a Palace fan, alongside cricket, Dulwich was a natural fit for him, with our love of ale, the chance of some long away days with some new pubs to explore, and an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, he was lucky to be there for some of our most successful years, surrounded by friends.
Paul was one of a kind and his contribution to the eclectic Rabble behind the goal at Dulwich will now be part of our history. As one fan said to me: "Pink and Blues got me to my 1st away game, and as such got me in with the Rabble and then to every game."
R.I.P Paul, the club sends its deepest condolences to all his family and friends.