Kent Football loses a Legend

It is with sadness that we share the news that Colin Boswell passed away on Friday after a short battle with cancer.

We send our condolences to his wife Sheila and their family at what is a difficult time. Colin, along with his wife Sheila, have supported the League and our member clubs for many years, offering advice and support wherever they could. They were regular guests at our League Cup Finals, and attended many, many League and Cup games. They were particularly supportive of clubs in the FA Vase and Cup competitions. Colin will be missed by all in the league

Colin was President at the Kent FA, founder of the Kent Youth League and a true legend of Kent football.

He will perhaps be best known for founding the Kent Youth League and when he stepped down as chief exec in 2013, replacement Ken Brooke said: “It takes courage to make brave decisions, it takes courage to want to embrace the changing world of communications, to embrace modern technology, and it takes great skill and patience to build a team that helps you achieve those ambitions. Colin has ticked all those boxes and more.”

Mr Boswell, a former Football League official, started the Kent Youth League with just eight clubs in 1981. He was the chief executive of the league until 2013.

He lived in Gillingham and was secretary of the Medway Messenger Sunday Football League for four decades and president of the Rochester & District Football League.

In 2009 he was nominated as the new president of the Kent County Football Association, succeeding Norman Chatfield. He had been a KCFA member since 1966.

“It’s an honour and great privilege to accept this role,” he said at the time.

Mr Boswell was also secretary of the Medway Towns Sports Council, a role he retired from in 2003 after 29 years. It was the same year that he stepped down as secretary of the Medway Messenger Sunday Football League after 40 years’ service.

Social Media has been the home to many tributes;

Rest In Peace Colin – Your legacy will long live on