Grays dedicate Saturday's fixture to lifelong fan James Chisnell after his untimely passing

By Ethan Crafter

13th Apr 2024 | Football

James Chisnell
James Chisnell

GRAYS ATHLETIC pay tribute to lifelong fan James Chisnell who suddenly passed away on Thursday 11 April. 

In a club statement Grays Athletic described James as "A genuinely kind man who could always be found on the terraces with his fellow supporters, clearing the club on."

The statement went on to say, "We know that those supporters of our Blue Army will feel his loss the most and we are there with them through what is a very difficult time."

Blues Manager and friend of James, Darren Manning, said "I'm completely shocked, numb & heartbroken about the news regarding Chizz!

Chizz was one of the kindest souls you could meet, his support for the club was unmatchable … if he could, he would be there you always knew that!

On a personal level having had the privilege to have known Chizz for a long time I can't thank him enough for just being him, he always knew what to say to me win lose or draw!

My heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends and I can promise you he will never be forgotten! Truly one of our own!"

Grays' club captain Michael Finneran on behalf of the team said this about James' passing, "Where do I start… James, Chizzy… big dog… what a bloke.

Myself and the players are absolutely shocked and devastated, a top top man taken so young. He lived and breathed Grays Athletic FC (oh and Aron Gordon!) his support never went unnoticed and regardless of the result he always had our backs and made that known.

He certainly loved a cheesy sing along on the coach and used to say "skipper cmon get the tunes going" ok Chizzy what do you want… "country road John Denver" ok mate let's play that again for the 5th time in a row!

He was an extremely proud blue and would light up any room.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Love and respect,

GAFC Players"

Grays' match today at the EMR Stadium against Stowmarket Town will be dedicated to the memory of James Chisnell.


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