Shep worked so tirelessly for the club , a truly legendary figure at the club, whom I already thought of each time I gave the teams out over the tannoy, we will hold a minutes silence for him on Saturday before the Concord game
A legend indeed. He was just part of the furniture at City for so very long: a very faithful servant, humble and dignified, a man of real integrity and fairness. He will be both missed and remembered by all who knew him, even slightly.
What sad news, John was very much part of the soul of the Club, and the Club an enormous part of his life for so many years. Indeed, without Shep, and a small handful of like-minded people, it's really quite unlikely that Oxford City FC would or could have bounced back from the enormous shock of the loss of The White House ground. After we'd moved north and until he stopped being Secretary I always enjoyed regular phone calls with him about our history with the clubs we were about to play at the weekend and much, much more about the non-league football in the area. His fund of knowledge about the Club and its highs and lows over its long history was enormous. And it was all backed up by his meticulous records (mostly hand-written) and huge collection of memorabilia, which I very much trust will be looked after and carefully archived by the Club as a resource for the future. John was a quiet and unassuming man who put the Club and others first and who, I think, was genuinely surprised by the recognition of all his work by EUFA and the FA: it was just what he loved doing. R.I.P. John.
I would like to echo what Chris has said. John was one of the few who kept the club going through the bad times in the 1980s, and the records he salvaged for posterity have helped Chris and myself tremendously in writing up the history of the club in programme articles and the website over the years. 'Shep' will always be remembered for his loyalty and long service for the club in the many roles he had over the years, and I know he will be sorely missed.
Known Shep since I was 14. An absolute Gentleman. And no one more dedicated to Oxford City in the Whitehouse times... When the ground was Going, Rosser had gone and things were at there lowest ebb. I myself at that time about to leave this country for pastures new, he wished me well, and said, I would be watching city again in the future either at Ishmian level or higher, he delivered on that promise with interest.....