Roger Wood, Kempston Rover’s former player and club historian dies

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Roger Wood
Roger Wood, in black, made 177 senior appearances for Kempston Rovers. Credit: KRFC Archive

Kempston Rovers have announced that former player and club historian Roger Wood has died.

In a statement this weekend, the club said they were deeply saddened to share his passing.

Roger made 177 senior appearances for the club from 1965 to 1974, but continued to appear for the second team until 1980.

After retiring from the pitch, he continued to represented the club behind the scenes, and in 2002, along with Pete Burnage, he compiled the club’s history from its foundation in 1884.

The book, The Walnut Boys, a history of Kempston Rovers FC was published in 2011 and sold more than a hundred copies in its first month.

Roger continued to keep the club’s archive up to date until 2017, handing it over to the next generation of Rovers committee.

He was a regular at the club, both on a match day and Sunday lunchtime. He was also very well known at Kempston Bowls Club, where he regularly held his famous quiz evenings.

The club added: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roger’s friends and family, particularly his wife Patricia, at this time of loss.”