Max Griggs, who made his fortune with Dr Martens footwear and then funded Rushden & Diamonds FC, has passed way.
Under his stewardship he led the club to the dizzy heights of what is now League one, after the merger of Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds in 1992.
In a statement on the club’s website AFC Rushden@Diamonds said: “We are devastated this morning to have learnt of the passing of our friend, Max Griggs, on Thursday this week.
“Max will be fondly remembered by all supporters of both Rushden & Diamonds FC and AFC Rushden & Diamonds and he will be greatly missed.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.
“As a mark of respect, players and management will wear black armbands at this afternoon’s fixture and we will advise supporters of further plans to remember him as soon as we can.”
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