The Chairman has paid tribute to Peter Tierney following his tragic passing this week...
Speaking to the official website, the Chairman said, "As you will all have heard our loyal Vice President Peter Tierney - one of the Clubs elder statesmen - lost his fight for life after a short but very debilitating illness."
"Although there will be a lot said of Peter by many that knew him, I feel that I should add my own experience in having the pleasure and honour of both knowing and working with him to ensure the Club that he helped to found nearly 50 years ago would exist and continue to represent everything that he personally has put into the local Non-League football within the last 50 years. I know what it is like to be involved in Non-League football for nearly half a century and I know what commitment it takes. So it is a huge testament to the kind of man Peter was; he will leave a legacy and it is this type of personal commitment that makes me want to ensure that this Club grows from being a one team Club to a Club this season with eight teams and hopefully next season we will have over twenty-five teams playing in our club colours from the lower age group to the First Team we will be giving a clear pathway from the youth to the First Team something Peter was looking forward to coming to fruition after all of our youth teams leaving us in such an unsavoury way during our time at SCT."
"I have personally known Peter for many years earlier in that time was when I as Chairman of Maidstone United and we used to visit Thamesmead Town as an opponent and I remember how we were always made so very welcome at the ground and in the Boardroom where we were always offered home-made cakes made by Peter’s wife Pat, with Peter, Alan, Albert and Terry carrying out all the jobs required on match days but out on the field although the games were always played in the spirit of the game we always had a fight on our hands to come away with a result."
"I got to know Peter personally in a much closer relationship when I joined Thamesmead in 2012 as a Director to assist the then Committee and Keith McMahon to ensure the survival of the Club. I remember how passionate Peter was regarding all matters relating to the Club and its history, and it was great to listen to his stories of the past whilst he was involved with the Club and local Non-League football in general. When we moved into Sporting Club Thamesmead (the new Stadium) we all thought it would benefit the Club but unfortunately this was not to be, as our Landlords had different ideas with regard to what services we were allowed to operate as a Tenant, Peter was one of the strongest critics of this regime, although it did not stop him being a very active member of the Club whether it be putting the nets up after the games, going and getting balls that went over the fence or his best duty and the one I remember him for most was being the doorman between the Mead Bar and the main bar ensuring everyone on Match day was not allowed entrance unless they had a ticket, a true Thamesmead supporter."
"During this time I decided to relinquish the committee members roles and although it was initially seen as a change too far by many mostly those that were no longer at the Club, I fully explained my reasons and too a man including Peter they fully supported my aims for their Club, which was to make it financially stable and as I was the person solely financing the Club the “Three Musketeers” - Peter, Alan and Albert as I call them - fully supported me, both verbally and in their continued actions both on match days and throughout the season. I can remember many match days I would climb the stairs to the main bar to see Peter at the top welcoming everyone with a smile. I would say “how are you Peter?” and asking after his family and then we would hold a conversation in the middle of the door about anything that was going within the Club but mostly about the players that were not in his opinion not up to par and certainly not worth the money we must be paying them. I used to calm him down and say it’s all part of the bigger picture and he would end the conversation by saying “thank you but you must be mad!”"
"I remember a Ryman Dinner where I invited the whole committee together with Peters daughter and a friend. We started drinking around 4 o’clock so by 9 o’clock, both Peter and I were literarily falling asleep at the table showing our age, so we excused ourselves and went to our rooms with Erika (Peters daughter) leading him to the lift, and when I next saw him at a pre-season he said, “Paul that was a great evening, even though I do not remember much of it!”"
"And in recognition of the fact that I had removed the Committee members roles, I decided to make all the committee members formally Vice Presidents of the Club which Peter accepted as an honour."
"When it became very apparent that the Club could not survive at SCT, I had to decide to take the Club elsewhere and move from Bayliss Avenue the home of the Club for nearly half a century, and as we all know we moved to Princes Park in a groundshare agreement with Dartford FC for five years. Yes, there was scepticism from many but there on the first game within the 2017-18 pre-season, Albert, Peter and Alan were there in our Boardroom enjoying their new roles - rather than having duties every match that usually meant they did not watch a full match they were enjoying welcoming our opposition and entertaining them, I believe I got closer to the “three musketeers” during that season and to a man, they were fully supporting my decisions regarding the Club, although to a man they always agreed with the sentiment once said to me by Peter. “Paul,” he said, “if you decide to leave the Club and it ceases to run we will all understand as you have done everything you can personally, and you have given us those extra years of being able to support our Club” - those words will always have a place in my heart."
"So, I have lost a loyal friend; the Club has lost a true gentlemen and ambassador that deserves a place within the Clubs history, and to this end with the agreement of his family I will consider how we can permanently ensure Peters contribution to this Club is remembered by all those that play for this fine old Club, and I would ask that everyone that knew Peter ensures this true gentlemen gets a great send off."
Rest in peace Peter…
Updated 21:18 - 8 Jul 2018 by MIKE GREEN