Dr Martens and Rushden and Diamonds founder Max Griggs dies

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image captionAs Rushden and Diamonds president Max Griggs took the nine successful the Football League

Max Griggs who founded the archetypal Rushden and Diamonds FC and made his luck with Dr Martens footwear has died.

Its successor club, AFC Rushden and Diamonds, said Mr Griggs passed distant connected Thursday.

Chairman Ralph Burditt said his colleagues were devastated by the news.

He said Mr Griggs regularly attended the Northamptonshire club's location games until the autumn lockdown and was a "pivotal idiosyncratic successful the club's history".

"We wouldn't beryllium present without him. Everyone successful the section country linked to the members could lone accidental what a wonderful, benignant down-to-earth antheral helium was," said Mr Burditt.

At Saturday's pre-season lucifer against Cambridge City, players wore achromatic armbands successful respect.

Social media has seen an outpouring of tributes to the antheral who lived successful Bedford until his death.

The manager of Peterborough United, Barry Fry, said: "He was a fantastic man, a large man, what helium did for Rushden and Diamonds.

"He gave the nine to the fans - a large shot man. He volition beryllium sadly missed. They don't marque them similar him anymore."

Max Griggs' concern occurrence was partially built by putting Dr Martens astatine the bosom of Northampton Shoes and Boots, based successful Wollaston.

In 1960, Mr Griggs and his brothers bought the UK patent rights to the Dr Martens boot with its air-cushioned sole, which became fashionable with respective British younker cults.

Mr Griggs formed Rushden and Diamonds FC successful 1992 by merging 2 neighbouring clubs, Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds, with the purpose of getting the single, larger nine into the Football League.

He was astatine the helm astatine Nene Park for 11 years and achieved that dream, earlier retiring arsenic president successful 2003.

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image captionManager Brian Talbot celebrates a 1998 FA Cup triumph implicit Doncaster astatine Nene Park with Max Griggs

Rushden and Diamonds FC folded successful 2011, with the contiguous time "phoenix" nine AFC Rushden and Diamonds formed by a tiny radical of supporters.

In 2014, Max Griggs and his lad Stephen gave the club, the stadium and the 22 acres of onshore astatine Nene Park to the Supporters' Trust.

As good arsenic £20m worthy of assets, the Griggs Group besides gave the spot a currency injection of £750,000.

AFC said it planned to further commemorate Mr Griggs' beingness astatine the Northampton Town affable connected 21 July.

The nine presently plays successful the Southern League Premier Division Central.

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image captionMax Griggs (left) and his lad Stephen Griggs, astatine Nene Park, Irthlingborough successful 2005

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image captionA brace of iconic Dr Marten boots

Mr Griggs' household person not yet commented connected his death.

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