Saints fans are invited to a public thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of Leon Crouch, the club's former chairman, at St Thomas’ Church, Lymington at 2.30pm on Wednesday, September 25. 

All are welcome and those attending are asked not to wear black but instead be dressed as colourfully as possible.

Saints supporters are most welcome to be there in red and white.

Mr Crouch became one of the biggest industrialists in the New Forest after founding the Fullers Group in 1978 and used his wealth and business expertise to help a raft of good causes.

In 2015 he sold his company, Lymington Precision Engineers, which employed more than 220 people, for around £46m. 

Mr Crouch was a lifelong Saints fan. He became acting chairman and then chairman in 2007, serving until the end of the 2007/08 season.

He is credited with keeping Saints afloat, dipping into his own pocket to pay wages and other overheads after they went into administration in 2009.

Mr Crouch died in Oakhaven Hospice, Lymington, last Friday, aged 70.