Printed in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying round game v Ardley United Saturday 13th September 2014. We lost 2-1 in front of 230.
was fitting that Dave Pearcy should pass away on Non League Day. A
day that is a celebration of everything that is unique about our
level on football.
my twitter feed filled up with tributes to Dave, the few of us who
made a weekend in Weymouth raised our glasses to the man who everyone
agrees was part of the 'Slough Town match day experience.'
Especially Clubshop Sue who Dave would endlessly embarrass at grounds
across the country, as he launched into his 'Super Sue' song! The
forum was full of praise for the little man with the big bag full of
God-knows what and an encyclopedic knowledge of bus and train times
who supported his club for over 25 years.
was known as Dave the Programme because, well, he sold programmes.
But he did a lot more than that. He was an ambassador for the club.
There was nothing clique about Dave, he would talk to old and new
supporters alike and it seems everyone's earliest memories aren't
just full of players names and games but of Dave flogging them a
programme and asking how they were. Infact I sometimes wondered just
how much of the game he actually watched, as he talked to everyone
and their dog. He could drive me round the bend, when I was trying to
watch a game and seemed more interested in what my train journey to
the game was like!
it's not really just about the football is it? Of course we want to
see a good game but as the Weymouth weekend showed, its being part of
a family of friends with a shared interest in a little football club
with a very big heart.
the club and its supporters did for Dave when it became clear how ill
he had become, made me proud to support the Rebels. Paul Lillywhite
organised the party in the Herschel that was packed with players and
managers old and new and of course the fans. Somehow he managed to
make it to the game the next day, coming on as the mascot, with Ian
Lathey saying the last he had seen was Dave was late in the evening
necking Tom Kings special shots while singing, '1-0, 2-0, 3-0...to
the mighty Slough.'
CAMRA rebels such as Alan, Ollie, Chris, Mark Bevan and Mark Carter
would make sure he was part of the team in the quest for a decent
pint before and after games and at beer festivals. Or there's the
image of Jacko, who got to know Dave as a fan, a player and as a
friend, sitting down for a long chat on his birthday on what was to
be his penultimate visit to a 'home' game. The image of Dave waving
his colostomy bag around a pub in Egham asking what he should do with
it, is one image i'd rather forget!
we beat Rugby in the play off semis, Sean Fraser got the players to
run over to Dave to celebrate. When we won promotion at Kettering,
they went one better and he was the only supporter invited into the
sanctuary of the dressing room to continue those celebrations.
everyone is so pleased he saw his beloved Slough win promotion after
only 24 years, he never got to see us back where we belong. But that
promotion has really put the club back on the map and the way our
club is being run, I have no doubt that we will be back in Slough
Mr.Chairman, how about a statue of Dave selling programmes outside
the ground, as a reminder of one of the clubs most loyal supporters?
dad said Slough Town is the best thing that ever happened to Dave.
Well I reckon Dave was one of the best things that has ever happened
to Slough Town.
outpouring of emotion on social media, shows just what people thought
of the man. And I have to agree with Mark Bailey who wrote on the
forum “For me Dave embodied everything that is brilliant about non
league football. What a legend, glad he is at peace now.”
Dave with Chairman Steve Easterbrook at the end of the Kettering game just after we got promoted