‘Our loss is immeasurable’: Hundreds share tributes and stories after DHFC superfan Mishi Morath passes away

Katherine Johnston (20 December, 2019) Sport

The club shared news of his death today

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Tributes have poured in for Dulwich Hamlet Football Club superfan ‘Dulwich Mishi’ Morath, who has passed away.

In a statement on behalf of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust today, Mark Scoltock shared the sad news, saying that trying to write down everything Mishi meant to the trust and club was one of the “toughest things he had ever had to do.”

“How can you put into words what Mishi meant to everyone connected to this football club, it is an impossible task,” he asked.

“It is very difficult not to be sad at a time like this.  Personally, I am so proud to have shared, be it a small number of years, not only a spot on the terraces with Mishi but have had the pleasure of being in his company for the many special occasions Dulwich Hamlet has seen in recent years.

“There are too many occasions to mention, the most recent being that not only did he finally get to see us on the telly, he appeared on it!!

“We may have now been on TV, but Mishi I am going to ignore your ‘friendly advice’ that I need to edit my “Dulwich Hamlet Will NOT be televised” stencil on the Greendale side of the main stand.

“In his many roles at the club over the years, including serving on the Trust Board, his tireless work has been instrumental and inspired many others, like myself, to volunteer and help create the amazing community football club we are so proud of today.

“Next time you step into Champion Hill look around you; there is no fitting legacy for a great man.

“Finally, myself and the rest of the Supporters’ Trust Board’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

“Rest in Peace our good friend.”

The much-loved Hamlet supporter was trending at number 10 on twitter this morning after hundreds of fellow rabble rousers and non-league supporters Mishi had met over the years shared their condolences and stories about meeting the non-league legend.

Mishi had battled health problems including a heart attack in February but had made a recovery, and only in the last few weeks tweeted how happy he was to be out of hospital and back at work.

Earlier this month, Mishi had been given a eulogy at a funeral for a young rabble rouser, Ben Miller, who died from cancer at just 38.

In a poignant twitter thread, he had said how much Ben had meant to him, saying: “Many of you will know that I should’ve died from a heart attack in February and the biggest compliment I can pay to Ben is that I would swap places with you today in the bat of an eyelid.

“It is true that the good die young and though you will never realise it I will miss you so much.

“Farewell my friend farewell. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve shed a tear or two as I typed this all and will shed some more before the day is over.

“You were one of our own Ben… and even though you’re no longer with us you always will be.”

Mishi was a long-standing friend of both the club and Southwark News, and known by many readers and fans for his often cantankerous but always amusing take on his team’s chances.

A larger-than-life character, he took great joy performing his poetry, his library work, and dining on the ever-favourite pie ‘n’ mash.

Many News readers will also remember his contributions to our letters page.

Here are just a handful of tributes to non-league football’s greatest fan.

 

 

 

 

 

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