Tributes paid to ‘legendary’ Dover Athletic photographer Simon Harris after his death, aged 66

Tributes poured in for ‘legendary’ Dover photographer Simon Harris, who died aged 66.

Mr Harris was a popular figure at Crabble, covering first-team home and away games.

Tributes have been paid to Dover photographer Simon Harris after his death aged 66

In 2010, he remarkably attended his 1,000 consecutive game at Dover and he was also chairman of the Dover Athletic Supporters Trust.

“Dover Athletic Football Club is in mourning today following the sudden passing of our legendary club photographer Simon Harris,” a club statement said on Friday.

“A hugely popular figure for so many years, Simon, who was 66, was a well-known face at the club, attending both home and away games to capture all the first-team action.

“Simon also spent time as Chairman of the Dover Athletic Supporters Trust and in 2010 he achieved an incredible milestone when he attended his 1,000th consecutive game at Dover Athletic.

“No job was too big or too small for Simon and come rain or shine he made sure to make the day of hundreds of children over the years by taking pictures of the mascots of the game days on the Crabble pitch.

Dover players gather for a minute's silence in memory of Mr Harris before the game.  Photo: Stuart Brock
Dover players gather for a minute’s silence in memory of Mr Harris before the game. Photo: Stuart Brock

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club go out to Simon’s wife Tina, his son Kevin and (his) wife Rachel, his daughter Laura, his family and all of his many friends at this very sad and difficult time. “

There was a minute’s silence before Dover’s National League home game against Yeovil, which they lost 2-0, as the home players wore black armbands.

Club legend Dave Leworthy said he had been friends with Mr Harris for decades.

He told KentOnline: “So shocked and saddened to hear from my friend Simon Harris today. (A) absolute gentleman and it has been a privilege to be his friend for the past 25-30 years.

“My deepest sympathy to Tina, Kevin and Laura and everyone associated with the great club that is DAFC.

“He will be greatly missed…”

“He will be greatly missed by everyone in the family world of football. RIP my friend.”

Many also remembered Mr Harris fondly on Twitter.

Dover midfielder James Caton tweeted: “So so sad! RIP Simon! Awful!

“Another taken too soon.”

Former Whites first-team manager Darren Hare added: “Really sad news x, my sincere condolences.”

Former Dover captain Kevin Lokko was among those who paid tribute to Mr Harris.  Photo: Alan Langley
Former Dover captain Kevin Lokko was among those who paid tribute to Mr Harris. Photo: Alan Langley

Defender and former Dover skipper Kevin Lokko, now at Aldershot, said: “Sad to see such a gentleman. RIP Simon.

Former goalkeeper and player-manager Lee Worgan, now at National League South Eastbourne Borough, said: “Such sad news! What a top man Simon was – thoughts are with his family.

Former Whites assistant Steve Nolan commented: “Such sad news, (he) has done so much for Dover Athletic and a true gentleman.

“I’ve always seen positives at the club when things weren’t going well.

“Sincere condolences to Simon’s family.”

Meanwhile, fan favorite Adam Birchall said: “I’m so sorry to hear that.

“My thoughts are with all of his friends and family. He was such a lovely man.

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