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Geoff Hamm's funeral to be held on Friday

Read a tribute to former Wimbledon player

4 November 2019

The funeral for Wimbledon's former vice-captain Geoff Hamm will be held on Friday 8 November.

It will be staged at Woking Crematorium (2.00 pm start) with Wimbledon supporters welcome to attend and show their respects.

In the recent programme for the Portsmouth game, Mick Pugh put together a nice tribute to the former Wimbledon winger, England Amateur international and FA Amateur Cup winner, who passed away on Monday 14 October.

Geoff is pictured in the middle row (second from right) in the above team photograph.

The tribute from Mick is published below.

Geoff joined the Dons in 1958 from Woking as a left-winger, and became part of Les Henley’s new and very successful squad. He quickly became a first-team regular and a big favourite with the fans, who dubbed Geoff and his opposite number, Norman Williams, “The Twinkle Toes Twins”.

Many of the players in the Wimbledon team that won the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley in 1963 were amateur internationals, including goalkeeper Mike Kelly. Mike recently paid a warm tribute to his old friend: “Geoff was the ideal man to link the younger players and the more experienced members of the team. When he gave his viewpoint, we all listened, and his experience served us well in the big games, particularly at Wembley.”

Geoff was featured in many newspapers and football magazines and even had cartoons drawn to highlight his many achievements. He was often referred to as “another Stanley Matthews”.

I was privileged to know Geoff well, and on visits to his Woking home he would delight in showing me his scrapbooks, programmes and England caps. He had an encyclopaedic recall of important games and many of the famous players he played against in an illustrious career.

Geoff was a very proud family man and was heartbroken when his wife Pam passed away in 2011. His family thrives. His children Jemma and Jon have given him six grandchildren, and there are five great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and fans at Wimbledon and Woking. I will miss his welcoming smile and sharing some magic moments from his wonderful career.

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