SUSSEX football has come together to pay tribute to Peter Bentley, who died in the early hours of this morning.
Peter occupied a vast number of roles within both the Sussex County FA and the Sussex County Football League over a period of more than 35 years and is likely to be best remembered for his tireless work as chairman of both.
Sussex County FA chief executive Ken Benham said: “Peter dedicated much of his life to football, Sussex football in particular, operating as both chairman of the Sussex County FA and Sussex County Football League, along with his role as FA Representative with The FA that was cut short by illness.
“Peter will be sorely missed by so many, a Sussex stalwart for sure, and he fought his illness very bravely and with great dignity to the end, his passing is not only a great loss to Sussex, but football generally.
“By way of respect, we would ask that all leagues, clubs, players and match officials consider a minute’s appreciation prior to their up-and-coming fixtures.
“On behalf of the Sussex County FA, we send our best wishes to Peter’s wife, Margaret, and all of his family at this sad time.”
Peter’s involvement with the Sussex County FA started back in 1975 when he was elected to council, and served on various different committees during his time; later, in 2003 being elected as chairman.
Earlier this year, following 13 years service to The FA, Peter was presented with honorary membership of The FA at a ceremony staged at the Sussex County FA Headquarters.
A number of tributes have been paid from clubs and players on social media website, Twitter.
East Preston tweeted “Our thoughts are with the family of @SussexCountyFA chairman Peter Bentley who passed away today. Deepest condolences from all at EPFC.”
Steyning Town tweeted: “Sad news at the death of Peter Bentley who did so much for Susex football. Our thoughts are with his family. 1 minute silences this weekend.”
Clymping tweeted: “Sad news today that SCFA Chairmen Peter Bentley has passed away. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family and friends.”
Storrington tweeted: “Peter Bentley passed away last night. Done so much for football in the County. Thoughts are with the family and friends . #footballfamily”