The Northern Premier League would like to pass on its condolences following the passing of Southern League stalwart John Eastment.
John had been in hospital for the past few months and sadly passed away at 5am on Monday morning.
John had been an integral part of the Southern Football League between 1980 and 2016. He became a member of the League’s Management Committee in 1980 and was appointed Chairman in 1985 before handing that role to Doug Gillard in 1989 when he became a Life Member. After a period living and working in Portugal, he was elected once more as a Director of the Southern Football League in 2004 and served as the League’s Vice Chairman from 2005 until retirement in 2016, having also been Treasurer from 2007, and organised the League’s Annual Dinner in Torquay from 2003.
John was also a Southern Football League club man having been a Director of Bridgend, Director of Merthyr Tydfil and Director and Treasurer of Taunton Town.
John was a wonderful servant to the Southern Football League and since his retirement in 2016 was very keen to know what was happening within the League. He will be very much missed by all those that knew and worked with him. May he rest in peace.
Everyone at the NPL would like to pass on its condolences to our colleagues at the Southern League, John's family and friends.