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RIP Jimmy Clements a true Haven legend! PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 05 April 2021

jimmy clements.pngThe tributes have been pouring in since this morning following news of the death of a Whitehaven stalwart.

Indeed as players fall into the legend category, so too did Jimmy Clements but from the terraces where he was a lifelong fan, and a character with it!

Leading the tributes was the club chairman Tom Todd who said it was with the deepest shock and sadness that the club had heard of the passing of Jimmy Clements. Shock being an understatement.

He went on: “Where does one start to talk about Jimmy? His love of Whitehaven R.L.F.C. was boundless, his whole life outside his family was wrapped up in the club. He would try and do anything anyone asked him if he could, and no matter how bad things might be Jimmy would never criticise the club. 

“He was a fixture on that front seat on the away bus. He was a legend in the dressing room and every other club you went to all 'knew' Jimmy Clem.

“There are so many happy and funny anecdotes about Jimmy, and when he was laughing his laugh was infectious and it didn't matter what you were talking about it always ended in the conversation being about Whitehaven, as though nothing else in the world really mattered.  

“Naturally our condolences go out to Jimmy's family and friends and especially Betty another stalwart of the club, Betty's presence behind the bar on matchdays was also of legendary stuff.

“Some people are simply a 'one off' and Jimmy Clements - you were that 'one off' at our club and you will never be forgotten by all those who love this club. Years upon years of plain simple devotion.  

“He would always greet me with  "err Rock on Tommy how's things?" Well today Jimmy I can tell you they are not so good. 

“My phone has never stopped ringing and messages have been pouring in and the one thing people keep saying is "..oh I loved Jimmy..." R.I.P Jimmy and we will have a fitting memorial when we get back to normal. Pleased to have known you.” 

Jimmy, who was 82, lived at Kells and had been a miner during his working life, mainly spent at Haig Colliery.  

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