MICHAEL KING ~ Rest in Peace ~ 


In the morning of Friday July 4th, 2014 MICHAEL KING passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Just three months ago he was diagnosed with the illness but managed to wed his sweetheart, Wendy, before the cancer overwhelmed him.

Michael, landlord of the Black Horse Public House opposite our ground, was Chairman of Colden Common Football Club as it moved from Southampton football into the Hampshire League. He helped to push the club forward as we strove to breach the gap between local and county football and was instrumental in the appointment of several managers who would benefit the club by building successful sides.

He was an inspired character who was well known within the village as he held various Parish Council posts including Chairman of the Parish Council but, perhaps, his biggest achievement was co-ordinating, through the Football Club, a fund raising football match, raffle and auction to benefit the Steve Mills Leukaemia Fund back in August 1989.

Mick's efforts in contacting EVERY Football League Club saw soccer mementoes from virtually all of the country's 92 League club's auctioned off after the game to raise in excess of £2000.

His home, the Black Horse, was a traditional Public House which into which he always welcomed the football club after games, training and meetings and was the venue for many, many occasions to celebrate the club winning league's, cups and trophy's.

A 'big' man with a big heart Michael King will be sorely missed by the huge number of people who knew him, by those who befriended him and, of course by his family.

Colden Common Football Club send's it's condolences to his family.

R.I.P. Michael King