League loses a Legend

The League is devastated to hear the news that Laurie Plummer (Plum) passed away today Monday 23rd November.

Laurie was a massive support to both the formation of the Kent Invicta League and SCEFL, serving as a Club representative on both.

More importantly he was the leader and a stalwart of Holland and Blair FC.

Personally he was a good friend and supporter of the league, myself and Douglas and will be very sorely missed

Denise Richmond – SCEFL Chair


On the Hollands & Blair website the Club broke the sad news with these words;

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that today we have to announce that we lost our leader and great friend Laurence Plummer.

Plum has been bravely fighting COVID over the last few weeks but a few hours ago he passed away peacefully.

There will be many who would have had their lives touched by this special man and always for the better.

He was a moral guide and a compass for so many of you reading this and he paved the way for many to better themselves through his love of football and his love of being around friends.

Hollands & Blair FC was and always will be Laurence Plummer and his legacy shines bright.

Our thoughts now are with Shirley and the family who were the biggest motivations in Plums life. His love for his family was clear to anyone who spoke with him. A proud brother, husband, father and grandfather.

We expect more tributes to come in the days, weeksand months ahead as we try to come to terms with this sad loss.

But for now please raise a glass of whatever your drink is because it is what he would want you to do and think of him…”

RIP Plum x


A Go Fund Me page has been set-up to raise money for the Laurence Plummer Memorial Fund…


Tributes have flooded in from across the County and beyond. Below are just a few…

Former Kent FA Chairman Phillip Smith: Such sad news, football in Kent is poorer with his passing. RIP Plum

Darren Blackburn: No words, just the fondest of memories thanks to this great man and the club he made for me and many others to enjoy during my 12 amazing years there.
Football and his lovely family have lost an absolute legend of a man
RIP plum & thank you.

Raymond Simpson, Lewisham Borough: I am absolutely devastated and saddened to hear this news. This man was a true football man and a gentleman. George Davis (Former Lewisham Chairman) and I have many very fond memories going back to when we first met – Hollands & Blair were in Division 1 East of the Kent County League when Moonshot were in Division 1 West (later became Lewisham Borough after merger). I was just ending my playing career. I always looked forward to seeing all of the guys at Hollands & Blair but especially Laurie – we always talked about cruises we had been on and I was always astonished that he had the time to fit them in with all that he did at the Club.
He was a key figure in ensuring that Lewisham secured a place in the Step 6 Kent Invicta League – even though both of us had initially been left out. I always turned up early when going to Star Meadow because I just wanted to catch up with him.
It is a sad time for you all but I am sure you will celebrate his life and all his achievements in and out of football. Condolences to you all and especially his family.

From all at Cray Wanderers and the Kent football family we send our condolences to the family and friends of Laurence and all at Hollands & Blair FC. We wish privacy to Laurence’s family at this sad time and our thoughts are with them.

Everyone at SC Thamesmead are truly saddened to hear this news. Laurie was a good friend of our club from our days together in the Kent Invicta League. Our thoughts are with his family. RIP.


On behalf of all members and fans of Canterbury City, may we offer our sincere condolences to you all Our thoughts and prayers with everybody affected by this sad news.

Frank May, Cray Valley PM Chairman: Devastated to hear this news.
Laurie was a great servant to the club and will no doubt, be sorely missed.
My condolences and prayers go out to Plum’s family and his many, many friends at this desperately sad time.
RIP Plum

So very sorry to hear this. On behalf of everyone at Lordswood our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Erith Town: Deepest sympathy to all at Blair and especially to Laurence’s family and friends at this time.

Sending all our love from Deal Town, what awful news. Such a lovely guy.
Thoughts with you all at this difficult time..

Tunbridge Wells: Our thoughts are with you all.

Chipie Sian: Sorry to hear about your loss, sending love from everyone at Punjab United.

Lee Hill, SC Thamesmead: Such a lovely man. So sad to hear this news RIP.

Steve Lewis, Lordswood FC: Such a great guy and not a bad word to say about anyone.
Our sincere condolences to his family and all at H & B. RIP Laurie.

Vince Maple: Peace and Solidarity to all impacted by this sad news at this most difficult time.

Liam Kelly: I’m so so sorry to hear this awfully sad news. A stalwart of Kent football and his beloved club. May he rest In eternal peace. X

Luke Cawdell: Such sad news, a really nice guy. RIP Plum

Chris Spalding: A truly talented man, friend to many. Football has lost one of its great gentlemen. R.I.P

Ben Smith, Herne Bay FC: Thoughts are with his family and those at H&B.
What a fantastic servant to his club, community and non league.

Matt Dixon, Kent FA: Very sad news to hear that Laurie Plummer from has passed away tonight. Enjoyed helping him out with all things Player Registrations related with my role at Kent FA and he’ll be very sadly missed.
RIP Plum.

Joe Kane: Terrible news. Non-league clubs exist because of people like this man. He will be sorely missed by everyone at the club.

Lydd Town FC: Such sad news. Our thoughts are with his family and all at Holland’s & Blair.

Our deepest condolences from all at FC Elmstead

Stephen Down: Such a sad loss. A lovely man.

Reiss Crimmen: One of the nicest gentlemen in the game. Truly deverstated to hear this news! You’ll never be forgotten Plum!

OneBigFamily – Helping The Homeless: Sweet dreams Mr P. Thank you for all you did in Medway and for Hollands & Blair

Ken Rayment: The eight dwarf, Admiral Plumpton, just two of the name I have named him over the 40+ years I have known him, my friend your friend our friend Mr Hollands & Blair
RIP Plum

Calvin Sedenu: Absolutely gutting to hear this! One of the nicest blokes I’ve met in football and proper legend at Hollands & Blair
RIP Plum

Sam Welch: Rest in peace to an absolute legend of a man!! This passing will touch so many thoughts are with Shirley, Ryan and the family! Sending all of our love.

Craig Stone: You was a MASSIVE help to me in my role and it was an absolute pleasure working closely alongside you! You was extremely patient with me mate when I forgot the team sheet every single week! Even see you out on the golf course a few weeks back as fit as anything! Another real good man taken from us too soon RIP mate.

Rob Peck: Had the privilege to work with you, such a genuine guy who loved life. I will miss our football conversations on a Tuesday morning about Blair’s game at the weekend. A proper football man, every non league club needs a Plum.Sending my love to Shirley and all the family.
Rest easy mate I have a beer for you. Xxxx

Ronan Ford: Heartbreaking news. A gentleman with a heart full of warmth and love. Made me feel very welcome and to be part of something special with Blair. My memories of Blair will live on forever and and I can’t thank you enough for all the fun you brought. RIP Plum

Malcolm Grieve: Mr Hollands & Blair a friend and mentor will be missed by all, a true gent, a true legend, RIP plum x

Adam Pizzle: So sad to hear this, he lived behind me at Preston way in twydall for 15 years before I moved, what a fella , an absolutely blinding bloke, heart off gold and would give anybody the time off day with some off the best advice I’ve heard/needed to hear, RIP mate. My condolences go out to his family, only spoke to few of them a few times, but they were all lovely people, im so glad/little bit surprised he touched this many peoples lives… …. goes to show he was an absolute legend

Steve Dampier: A fantastic man. Truly honoured to have shared great moments with you Plum. Rest easy xx

Matt Smith, Sheppey United: The world has lost a true gentlemen and football man, my thoughts are with his wife and family at this truly awful time.
RIP Plum
You may be gone from our mortal world but you will never be forgotten, Holland’s & Blair FC is your beacon and I hope I and my club are able to show our respects in due course.

Derek Peck, SCEFL Vice President: My sincere condolences go out to his family, close friends and all  at Hollands & Blair.
I will always remember Laurie as one of the genuine good guys involved in football in the county of Kent.

Simon Halsey: Devastating news, a Blair stalwart and club legend.
If you come into this world to have an impact, Plum was that man.
He had such an impact on a community and Kent football.
He may be gone but through Holland’s and Blair what he created his memory will live forever.

Tony Day, SCEFL Vice President: Football has lost a giant. The nicest person I ever met. So sad for everyone who ever met him. Devastating no doubt for Shirley and family.

Kent County League: It is with much sadness that we have learned of the passing of a great administrator, Mr Holland & Blair  – Laurence (Plum) Plummer – a great friend and an all round decent man.
The football family has lost another great member that will be irreplaceable. Everyone connected with the KCL feel the loss and all our thoughts and best wishes go to his family and all those who knew him

On behalf of everybody at Glebe FC please pass on our condolences on this very sad news .
A true gent since our first meeting seven years ago . RIP

Phoenix Sports: Sending our condolences to Shirley and the family plus all at Hollands & Blair. He was a friend to many at our Club and a true great of football in Kent.

From us all at Stansfeld FC we would like to send our condolences to all at and Laurence’s family.

Deepest condolences from all of us here at Rochester United.
Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in these sad times.
RIP Plum.

All of us at Snodland Town FC would like to send their sincere condolences to on the sad loss of their Chairman, Laurie Plummer. Our thoughts are with his family and the club at this difficult time. RIP Plum.

Everyone at Beckenham Town sends their deepest condolences, a true friend to many across the football world.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

From us all here at Cray Valley PM FC, our sincere condolences to you all at Hollands & Blair on your very sad loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and Plum’s family and many friends, at this very difficult time. RIP Plum

AFC Croydon: Our deepest sympathy to Laurence’ family and friends, he will be sorely missed.

On behalf of everyone at Kent Football United we wish to send our sincere condolences. Thinking of you all at this difficult time

From everyone at Fisher, we send our condolences to all connected with the club, and to Laurence’s Family and Friends

Crowborough Athletic: Terrible news. May we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the club and the Plummer family. A truly sad day.

Whitstable Town FC would like to send condolences to the family and friends of Laurence and all at Hollands and Blair following this very sad news.

Rich Radbourne: Huge lose to the world of football. There will never be another Plum, he will be sorely missed.
Our Thoughts are with Shirley,Becky,Ryan and the family at such a sad time.
RIP Plum. Never forgotten x

So sorry to hear this. On behalf of all at Tilbury FC we send our deepest condolences. Over the last four seasons, the club got to know Laurence and all his hard work at a great club.
We hope to keep our pre season fixture up next year.
Happy to play for a trophy.
RIP Plum

Paul Duffin: Such Sad news Plum had local football and more importantly Holland & Blair in his DNA. I feel blessed to have known this true Gent over the many years of games at Star Meadow and UK Paper.
R.I.P. Plum

Jo Garlinge: RIP Plum.. a lovely man, so sorry for Shirl and all his family xx

Anthony Mercer: Sad news tonight. Laurence was such a genuine and nice man. Over the last few years, it was clear he was the leader at Hollands & Blair.
Condolences to all.

Chris Slater: Please pass thoughts on to Ryan and his family guys x

Ricky Burford: No way! was such a nice guy & did a lot for the gills behind the scenes on the academy side & always had time for a chat when we both needed the printer! RIP Laurence

Matt Gething: RIP Plum! didnt know you for that long but got the impression instantly that you was a top bloke! Mr Hollands and Blair! Rest easy mate!

Everyone at Chatham Town sends their condolences to all at Hollands & Blair along with the friends and family of Laurence.
Plum was a true football man and a credit to his club and the wider Medway community.
Rest in peace.

Harrison Pont: Devastating news to hear. One of the kindest men you could meet in football and always gave his everything for Blair.
RIP plum

Craig Coles: An absolute gent! Pleasure working with him, a huge loss and will missed by many.

Gary Lockyer: One of the nicest guys I have met through my footballing journey. thoughts are with his family as this sad time. RIP mate.

Kent Youth League: So very sad – and such a pleasure to work with – nobody had a bad word to say about Laurie – our condolences to family and friends – RIP

Adam Highsted: Such a lovely kind hearted man. This man had such a loving family and one of the nicest people I have ever met in non-league football. RIP. Such sad news xxxx

Rob Denness: Absolutely gutted and such sad news!!
Plum, you’ve been an inspiration to so many. I know the club wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for your dedication and hard work!
Thanks for supporting me and my family over the years you will be missed!

Louis Valencia: Absolute legend of a man. Will be sorely missed. If I had one more chance I’d buy the whole bus stop off you Plum Dogg.
Best wishes to the family! X

Graham Martin: This great man MR BLAIR will be sadly missed RIP PLUM

Jindi Banwait: What a tragic loss, a great guy and he will be a huge personality missed in the wider football community. My condolences to the family and football club.

Rachel Willett: So sad hearing this. RIP to the man who invited me to be his assistant and made me love non-league football again.

Stella Teachen: Absolutely devastated of the loss off a great friend he will be sorely missed by all my family that they all looked up too as a massive part of their lives. My days at the hop and fine would not have been the same without the great man. Many afternoons and evenings celebrating the success of H & B’s who without plum wouldn’t be where they are now.Shirley here if you need me love you with all my heart xxRIP PLUM xx


The above plus hundreds of further tributes can be read via the original Hollands & blair Twitter post here and on their Facebook post here