The end to an incredibly tough week for the club as we said farewell to our friend, teammate, clubmate, President and hall of fame legend Ralph Salter with his funeral taking place on Monday.
We heard emotional tributes from his daughter Clare, former team mate Pete Grinham and our Club Chairman Edward Watson. Emotional tributes mixed in with a fair few humourous stories from the countless number to choose from when it comes to Ralphie.
As he did in life, Ralph brought everyone together for one final time as a few drinks followed where those lucky enough to call him a friend shared more stories and fond memories of a man who positively impacted so many people in his 80 years.
As a club we will play tribute to Ralph on the 20th August with a series of matches headlining with his old club Royal Sun Alliance against SBC 2s / 3s for the Ralph Salter Trophy. There will be further matches for current players as well as for a fair few old faces returning. Full details will follow in due course.
We will pay tribute to a man who dedicated over 60 years to grassroots football (amazingly missing just 6 matches in 50 years of playing). It will be strange not seeing Ralph at our matches, always ready to offer friendly advice or an encouraging word or at our committee meetings, helping to drive our club forward right up until the end as Club President.
Going forward, for those who were blessed to know him at SBC, we will share the great stories and recall the fond memories of Ralph on and off the field. For the new players, we will tell them about Ralph Salter, the man who helped build this club.
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Thinking of you all. Remember the many good times.
The experiences I have of Ralph are second to none.
He always made me feel like he had time to speak and when he spoke he always gave his full attention as if no one else was around.
Such was the commitment to South Bank Cuaco FC, Ralph always took a keen interest in how all the teams were doing but he never acted as if travelling to the middle of nowhere to watch the bottom team of Southbank was beneath him.
There were many times Id been watching from the sidelines trying to manage a Southbank 8s or 9s team of players playing against opposition "in the middle of nowhere", and suddenly Ralph would appear out of nowhere.
We'd always talk football and Southbank and Ralph would always mention that he takes great interest in all teams and how they were doing. He never said why he made such an effort but it was clear it was through a deep rooted commitment and love for all things Southbank.
Ralph, you're a true gentleman and your legacy is something only legends are capable of leaving behind.
We will all miss you greatly and have fond memories of you attending zoom calls trying to sort out being in focus on your camera.
Much Love Xxx
Thank you for all that you did for the club and for grassroots football Ralph! RIP
Very fond memories of you randomly appearing at away games with your picnic chair to support various teams at South bank, and always a welcome sight. Will be sorely missed, legends like you are few and far between, so thank you for everything you gave, Ralph.
I'll always remember your commitment to watching away games. Usually a long and awkward journey but a trip you made nonetheless to watch us, support us and give the occasional bit of tactical advice! It was very much appreciated. You'll be missed!
A great player and even better person. Thanks for all the support you provided to us. RIP.
RIP Ralph 💙💛
RIP Ralph, top man and club legend, great servant you will be missed
Sad to hear this. What a legend. RIP.
Never had the pleasure of watching him play. But what a gentleman.
Ralph treated my team to a brand new kit in my debut season as captain.
He’d travel far & wide to watch us and always fancied the underdog 💙🙌🏻
RIP Ralphie! His advice was Aeon you need to blow the whistle louder. Thanks legend.💙💛
What an amazing club you’ve built, Ralph. Letting people keep their football dream alive ❤️
The year we won the division with Ralph…the glorious 6’s.
I've known Ralphy for 30 years from the first time I went to CUACO aged 7 at Copers Cope Rd Beckenham. I am very proud to call him not just a mate but my friend. Always had a smile on his face being at his favourite place on a Saturday (how can you not smile when your at football all day Saturday) he was one of the most enthusiastic about the game and our great club. It was a pleasure to play with him. He is still currently the only 70 year old I'd ever seen save a penalty. Ralph truly is a legend not just on the pitch but off the pitch aswell. Ralph was an absolute credit to his wonderful family. He always took the youngsters under his wing and put them on the right path to success on the pitch and off. Being in Ralph's presents made you a better person all round. There are many words I can use to describe my friend, honest, articulate, kind, caring, thoughtful, generous but the word that I would use to cover all bases is that Ralph was a Gentleman. I will miss him incredibly and our club and footballing community is lesser without him. Rest in peace Ralphy, you're friend, Smithy. ⚽️🙏🏼💪🏻
A south london football hero. He will be greatly missed. Didn't know him in his playing days but you knew it would be a good day when Ralph turned up to watch your side play. Always supportive and great tactical advice at key moments of the match. A legend of the game. RIP Ralph.