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Bashley FC pay tribute to super fan Andy Gotteland

A MINUTE'S silence was held at Bashley Football Club during a recent match in memory of "super fan" Andy Gotteland who died suddenly of a heart attack.

Andy, who was in his 80s, was described as a “great benefactor” of the club, having sponsored many matches.

Best friend Mike Chappell, who works as a steward at Bashley’s GlenMex stadium, said: “Andy grew to love Bashley FC after moving down to the New Milton area from South London after he got married in his twenties.

Andy went to every home and away game he could
Andy went to every home and away game he could

“He was absolutely devoted to them and hardly missed a match, home or away. You always saw him in the crowd proudly wearing a Bashley cap and scarf."

Andy had been due to attend a Bashley away match against Evesham the day he died.

Mike, who had been Andy's neighbour when they both lived at Westwood and Glendene Park, New Milton, said: “He was a terrific guy. He was always a great laugh. I am going to miss him terribly.”

Andy's first name was in fact André, and his father had been part of the French resistance during World War II.

Mike continued: “Andy’s father helped British soldiers who needed to get back to Britain to do so.

“His mother was English and when Germany overran France the family had to flee to England with Andy, who was their only child.”

After settling on the south coast, Andy set up a taxi firm before launching a private car hire company – Andy Clark Cars – which he was still running.

“He gave a lot to charity as a member of the Masons," said Mike. "He was extremely generous. He hated to see anyone go without and would help anyone.”

Roger Ware, Bashley club’s commercial manager, said Andy's death on 25th March was a “sad loss”, adding: “He was a great benefactor for us and had a genuine love for the team.

“He put significant amounts of money into it, sponsoring five matches this season; and also helped organise a fundraising music night in the clubhouse last year.

“Andy was a great football fan. When he lived in London he used to coach junior teams at Crystal Palace FC.

“When he moved down here he found the ‘Bash’ and that was it.”

Roger said he had been told Andy was visiting people at the complex where they lived to see if they needed his help when he was taken ill.

He said: “We have been told he suffered a massive heart attack, and although an ambulance was there quickly he could not be saved.

“Everyone at the club is going to miss him very much.”

Andy is survived by his wife and son.

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