Former Stags boss Trevor Parker has died
It has been announced by Fareham Town FC that theirs and our former manager Trevor Parker passed away earlier this week.
Trevor left the Stags to join the Creeksiders after he had helped the Stags to the Hampshire League Division One championship in 1981-82.
Brynn Bratcher a former Totton player was club treasurer during Parkers managerial reign at the Stags then home of Testwood Park. Bratcher told me ‘Trevor took over from Chic Chandler after he had been managing in the Southampton Senior League and he brought a number of players with him who had never played at the County standard before, and those players were were outstanding for us!’.
‘Back then the Hampshire League Division one was Step four, the same as Southern League Division One (South) is nowadays. Bratcher said’.
‘Trevor had real qualities, he was a great motivator. I recall we played Newport (IOW) who were the then champions of the Hampshire League in 1980-81, and Trevor told a couple of the Newport players, Darryl Young and his brother that Totton would take the Hampshire crown off of them the following season and he was proved right, we had some great players Alan Williams, John Harris, Steve Slade, Brian Smith and Ray Deane amongst others’. (Some people may recall that Ray Deane died in the helicopter crash with former Chelsea chairman Matthew Harding in October 1996).
Unfortunately for AFC Totton, Trevor moved on to Cams Alders, the home of Fareham Town where he achieved a great deal. Trevor was manager of Fareham in 1986-87 and he guided the creeksiders to the FA Cup 1st Round where they were defeated by AFC Bournemouth. However, that was not all. Trevor took Fareham to the Semi-finals of the FA Trophy where they defeated Scarborough 2-0 in Yorkshire and Barnet 1-0 at Underhill. Those two sides finished 1st and 2nd in the then Alliance Premier League (Conference).
Fareham’s incredible run in the competition ended in the Semi-finals where they held Kidderminster Harriers to a 0-0 draw, but they lost 2-0 to the Harriers at The Dell in front of over 6000 fans in the 2nd leg,
Trevor went on to have successful spells as manager of clubs like Bashley, Basingstoke Town, Eastleigh, Poole Town and Brockenhurst.
Everyone at AFC Totton would like to send their heartfelt condolences to Trevor’s family and friends at this difficult time.