Tributes to a lifelong Tigers fan and local sport scene character

29.04.06'w60429-6p'Sandy Lane, Worksop.'Worksop Town vs Worcester City'Picture: Player of the year awarded to Kevin Davies, presented by Richard Mason (Worksop Guardian) &  Mike Tunningley (Tigers Web Master)
29.04.06'w60429-6p'Sandy Lane, Worksop.'Worksop Town vs Worcester City'Picture: Player of the year awarded to Kevin Davies, presented by Richard Mason (Worksop Guardian) & Mike Tunningley (Tigers Web Master)

Mike Tunningley, a big character on the local sport scene, has sadly passed away.

The 69-year-old died in the early hours of Thursday morning, after collapsing in his home following battles with a number of illnesses.

Mike was a lifelong Worksop Town supporter, whose love affair with the Tigers began as a child, when he filled the role of ballboy.

More recently, he reported on the club’s matches for the Non League Paper, wrote for the Worksop Guardian and added his voice to Trust AM, a hospital radio Station serving Bassetlaw Hospital.

Worksop Town coach Andy Lake paid tribute to the larger than life character: “I’ve known him for many, many years.”

“Mike could be controversial but as a friend he was second to none.”

“He will be sadly missed.”

Club director Chris Smith added: “I’ve known Mike since we were both lads. Always interesting to talk to and a loyal and lifelong Tigers fan.”

“(It’s) very sad news.”

A regular fixture in the press box at Sandy Lane and various grounds Tigers travelled to, he was popular with Guardian reporters down the years, and visiting journalists.

Mike was also a long-time servant of the Worksop Table Tennis League.

League secretary Rob Vaughan said: “Mike not only played in the league but was also a major part of the committee and put in hundreds of hours of his time over the many, many years he served us.”

“Mike was well respected throughout many leagues in the area and he will be sadly missed.”

He is survived by wife Margaret, and his three children.

She said: “He was watching football on Wednesday night with a glass of wine and some chocolate, and when it was time to go up to bed he just collapsed.”

“He had a great passion for football, he was big into it.”

“And he loved the table tennis for many years.”

No funeral details are available at this time.