Tributes made following the death of highly-respected coach Simon Balsdon
TRIBUTES have been made following the death of highly-respected coach Simon Balsdon, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday.
Tonbridge Angels first team captain and Academy joint-manager Tom Parkinson said: “Played a part in my playing and coaching career, which I will always be grateful for.”
Former Dartford goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim, who is now the lead Academy goalkeeper coach at Charlton Athletic, also took to Twitter to pay his own personal tribute.
“Devastated to hear the news that Simon Balsdon has lost his battle with cancer,” added Ibrahim.
“Big influence in my career when as a young boy I needed it the most. He will be missed by all.”
A Tonbridge Angels statement said: “The club learnt of the passing of Simon Balson yesterday afternoon following a long illness.
“He was joint-manager of the Angels Reserves from 2005 and was later to become a first team coach under Tommy Warrilow.
“In 2010 he left Longmead to work with ex Angels boss Tony Dolby at Hastings United as assistant manager.
“Simon was a well-respected coach at The Kent FA leading it to successive County Youth Cup Finals the last of which in 2009 saw Kent win the trophy for, so far, the only time with a 1-0 win over Sheffield & Hallamshire at Priestfield Stadium.”
Details of funeral arrangements, which are currently being planned with Simon’s family, will be announced shortly.