Tributes for much-loved Goodwood racing clerk

THE death of Alan Arnell sparked sadness from the horse racing community at Goodwood this week.

Mr Arnell, 79, was the declarations clerk at the racecourse, but he died suddenly at his Chichester home on Sunday (May 5).

Tributes from friends and colleagues poured in after the news of his death.

Friend Seamus Buckley, said: “Alan will be deeply missed by the racing community and by me personally, having worked alongside him at Goodwood for so many years.”

Kieren Fallon, also had kind words to say about Mr Arnell, and said: “Alan was one of the nicest men you could wish to meet on a racecourse.”

A Goodwood spokesman said: “A familiar face in the weighing room, Alan, who was 79, had attended the opening raceday of the season on Saturday, registering the runners and riders as he had done for the past 25 years.

“A popular figure at racecourses in the south of England where he fulfilled a similar role, Alan, who served with the Royal Sussex Regiment, was known for his diligence and dry sense of humour.

“Less known, perhaps, was a distinguished career as a professional footballer that took him away from his home county of Sussex at the age of 20 when he joined Liverpool from amateur side Worthing.

“With 35 goals from 75 appearances to his credit, a number of which were for sides sent out by the much-revered manager Bill Shankly, he is part of the history of the 18-time Football League champions.”

“The thoughts and sympathies of everyone at Goodwood are with Alan’s family and those closest to him.”