PUBLISHED: 13:31 03 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:05 24 May 2010
FOOTBALL has a shortage of characters these days and last week saw the passing of Chunky Hurman, who was held in esteem at Weston St John's Football Club by those who knew him and was responsible for forming the foundations of the club that remains today.
FOOTBALL has a shortage of characters these days and last week saw the passing of Chunky Hurman, who was held in esteem at Weston St John's Football Club by those who knew him and was responsible for forming the foundations of the club that remains today.In 1961, Chunky captained the youth side that went on to form the side that entered the Weston and District League and progressed quickly.In the 1970s, the team won the district championship, along with the Hospital Cup with a side that featured Bob Flaskett and a 15-year-old Pete Fryer, who eventually went on to play for Weston and Forest Green Rovers.In 1972 the side entered the Somerset Senior League and this was a unique time for Weston St John's as it meant that the club had a first team and reserve side in the same league.In 1985, Chunky became joint manager of the first team, along with Bob Flaskett, and the dynamic duo eventually gained promotion to the Premier Division of the Somerset Senior League. Later he was to take over as manager of the reserve side and gained promotion to Division 2.Chunky left the club in the late 1990s, but linked up with Bob Flaskett later at Winscombe and he remained there until Flaskett left to rejoin St John's.Since then, the club has seen promotion into the Western League and the development goes on, but tribute must be paid to the people who worked tirelessly for Weston St John's to see them where they are today.One of those people was Chunky Hurman. Weston St John's thanks you.