Tributes paid to club’s ‘Mrs T’ who served her team for over 22 years

DEVOTED Alexa Taviner and her husband John
DEVOTED Alexa Taviner and her husband John
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TRIBUTES have poured in for a woman who worked at Gosport Borough Football Club for more than 22 years.

Alexa Taviner, 75, of Astra Walk, Gosport, served tea and biscuits for referees and players at Privett Park from 1990 until last season.

She died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after suffering from rectal cancer, which she was diagnosed with earlier this year.

Her devotion to the club has been fondly remembered by manager Alex Pike and her son Dave, 52, who started playing at the club in 1990.

Alex said: ‘I had known her for at least eight years, and she was a wonderful lady and someone who everyone was very attached to.

‘She was known as Mrs T and worked in board team hospitality, and would look after people when they came to the club. She was well-known in the club and was loved by all.

‘She was the first person who would greet you and it was a pleasure to be around her. She will be sadly missed.’

The team will hold a minute’s applause ahead of their clash against Eastbourne Borough on Saturday.

Alexa, who leaves behind her husband John Taviner, 85, was given honorary membership of the club.

Her son Dave, of Beauchamp Avenue, added: ‘She was a character, my mum. She first started going down in 1990 when I played for the club and she got involved with the boardroom.

‘She would go about her merry way but she would be down there come wind or rain.

‘She’s an honorary member of the club, which is quite a nice thing, they made her that a couple of years ago.

‘She was born and bred in Gosport – lived here all her life.’

Mrs Taviner was diagnosed with cancer in the summer and she went through radiotherapy.

Her death came just two days after her husband’s 85th birthday.

‘You can imagine how he feels,’ added Dave. ‘It was his birthday and then on Wednesday he was without his wife. She fought it as best she could, she wanted to hang to see her grandchild born and see Christmas through. But unfortunately that wasn’t to be but I know she’ll be looking down upon us.’

Dave, who played at the club from 1990 to 1993, added he was touched the club had paid tribute to his mum.