Maurice Crouch was a character around Arlesey Town Football Club, his infectious sense of humour and easy to talk to manner made him a pleasure to speak to. His welcoming smile and approachability made him open for anyone to talk to him whether a supporter, player, manager or if it was somebody’s first time through the door. Inside and outside of the football club, Maurice made many friends who all speak so highly of him.
Maurice’s involvement with Arlesey began when he played for the Arlesey Colts in his teenage days and it was later in his life when he joined the club committee in 1980 and eventually becoming Chairman.
It was during this time when he was involved with the installation of the floodlights at our old Lamb Meadow ground and the upgrading of the old changing room area.
Maurice stepped down from being the Chairman to take up the position of Club President which in that time experienced the most historic day in the club’s history when they won the FA VASE at Wembley Stadium in 1995. He also oversaw the move to the new and current club home on Hitchin Road.
Club Vice President and long time friend John Albon writes, “I feel very privileged to have known Maurice. He did so much for Arlesey Town Football Club, he was always available to help anybody at the club who required help. He was a very good Chairman, he attended the club on a regular basis, doing things and he attended all meetings with who was going. He also made anybody that attended the club very welcome. Maurice was a friend to everyone and he was good at getting people to do things for the club. He was a very good friend of mine and he will be sadly missed. RIP MAURICE “
As well as football, Maurice was a top class wicket keeper where he played for Letchworth and Bedfordshire in the Minor Counties League. He also enjoyed his Bowls where he played and was Secretary for many years at Fairfield Bowls Club.
Maurice grew up the youngest of a large family in Arlesey and it was only very recently that his last remaining brother George had died.
Unfortunately, just weeks earlier, Maurice lost his wife Ann who had also done so much for the football club.
Maurice Crouch Died on June 12th, aged 89.
Everyone at the football club and all who knew him will miss him dearly.