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The club were sad to learn of the recent death of Micky Pitcher who was a member of the Hoops side who won the Greater London League Cup in 1968.

Mick, who also played for Walmer Rovers in the Deal Sunday League, came on as a substitute when the Hoops defeated East Ham Utd 2-1 after extra-time in that GLL final which was played at Epping Town’s ground.

Hoops chairman Dave Chmura said: “Mick was an influential member of Greater London League Cup-winning side and sadly the third player of the team to pass away in the last 12 months following the deaths of Roy Carr and Wally Hinshelwood.

“I played against Mick when he was a speedy wing half for the great Northbourne side of the early 70s and Geoff Lovelock, who was Deal’s trainer at the time, said you could always rely on Mick to give 100% in every game.”

And former local referee Dave Lessles added:  “I was shocked to hear the news about Mick who, apart from being a very skilful player, always conducted himself both on and off the pitch in a decent and courteous manner. My thoughts are with his wife and family.”

Caption: Micky Pitcher (front row, second from left) with the rest of the 1968 Greater London League Cup-winning side

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