All at Cray Wanderers were saddened to hear at the weekend of the passing of one of our longest serving supporters, Ian Fordyce.
Ian was a lifelong supporter of the Wands and made contributions over the years to the match day programme and to the fanzine Cray Chatter as well as being a collector of an impressive array of club records and history. This information has been vital for the club in helping piece together our long history.
Two great Cray Wanderers supporters and historians, Ian Fordyce and Jerry Dowlen
According to his son Kenneth, Ian over 64 consecutive seasons has watched a total 1324 Cray Wanderers matches with his first game, an FA Amateur Cup match against Luton Athletic in October 1955 which Cray won 8-2 at Grassmeade. His last match was as recently as March 2nd as Cray won 1-0 at Phoenix Sports and but for his illness would have been at the game on Saturday and has watched Cray through thick and thin.
Ian had a lifelong passion with Cray Wanderers and would be very happy if at the end of the season can achieve promotion and for the club to continue to prosper.
Our thoughts are with Ian’s wife, family and friends at this sad time.
The funeral will be on Thursday, 4th April at St Giles Church, Farnborough, Kent at 1.30pm. More details to follow.
Please see here a tribute to Ian from Jerry Dowlen.
“There is so much that I can say about Ian….and I’m sure that my fond praise of him will be echoed by all of the Cray officials and supporters that knew and respected him. Ian communicated his love of Cray Wanderers with an infectious enthusiasm. We would hang on his every word when he was reminiscing about matches, players and incidents before our times. Yes, his first every Cray he told us, was the 8-2 win versus Luton on 29th October 1955. He would grin and say, what a spectacular start! Cray were 7-0 up at half time and he imagined that he never would see them do that ever again!
Ian was a major contributor of photos, stats and memoirs that were used, with credits to him, in a number of books of the history of the club and also in the Cray Chatter magazine. It can very clearly be said that the full history of the club had never been documented properly until a ‘gang of four’ (ian, Kevin Goodfellow, Peter Goringe and myself) started on the trail in 1980. It has taken a very long time to achieve an accurate and coherent record of it all. I am sure that Peter will have much to say about the legions of work that Ian did for the club. In furtherance of getting the history into good detailed shape. In conjunction with all this it was very interesting to hear from Ian about Fordyce Bros, the family business which built the Orpington-Cray bypass in the 1920’s.
It seems rather poignant that one of lan’s last articles printed in the programme was his memories of Flamingo Park when the Dock Labour Board built the ground and he watched games there. For that is to be the new Cray Wanderers FC home ground and I feel sad that he won’t see them playing there. But he will be there in spirit that’s for sure”