It's difficult to find the right words at a time like this, but bear with me for here they come!
Clive has been a good friend for over 12 years, joining myself and Mr Avey in starting off the whole Green Lights FC/TGTLS News thing.
As far as being Green Lights 'Boss' goes, I think you'll find his record speaks for itself - he was, without a shadow of a doubt, the worst 'manager' ever to run a football team, and we loved him because of it. He told us once that he was considering a tactical switch, which prompted the obvious response; "We didn't know we had any tactics". And he actually had the audacity to apply for the vacant managers position at Stevenage Boro FC - needless to say he was thanked for his application but turned down!
More than that though, Clive and his antics kept the TGTLS News team well supplied with material, helping to keep an otherwise mundane 'fanzine' running for nearly 7 years.
His ultimate achievements were those superb fund-raising 'Charity' games that he arranged at Southbury Road at the end of each season. This gave the Green Lights players the chance to be beaten by a whole host of celebrity teams - George Borg and Gary Calder being in the victorious opposition team once.
Clive's enthusiasm in organising these charity games made them the success that they were, with the proceeds going towards the Amwell View School for children with special needs - which his daughter Joanne attended.
In fact, Clive chased his players and prospective sponsors so eagerly that now he's passed on I'm half expecting a visitation from an angel, asking if I can fill in their sponsorship form!
The great tragedy of all this is felt by those left behind and Clive's many (and lovely) children must really be missing their Dad right now (Squadron Leader, you missed Andrew off the list), and my sincere condolences go out to them.
Clive was one of the real characters at Southbury Road, slightly less so perhaps when he joined the switch to ETFC, and he was great friends with Mrs R - the tragedy here being that he's going to miss the Coath/Ridout marriage this Saturday. Clive always said that she made the best cup of tea in the world and at the moment she is wondering if the service 'up there' is any better!
Clive, you'll be missed.
Rest in Peace my friend.