De Graafschap has lost its club symbol. Honorary member Hermann Schott has died at the age of 86.
“I came to De Graafschap as a fan in 1970 and never left,” said Hermann Schott during the 65th anniversary of the Superboeren championship in 2019. That was absolutely true. Although he was ill, in De Graafschap’s last match on Friday, August 11 against ADO Den Haag (0-0), he was still present.
Schutte, who was born in Vorden and grew up in Ruurlo, came to De Vijverberg as a shepherd (he worked at Te Siepe Wegenbouw) and never left. Schöti was president and treasurer of the Supporters’ Association and joined the “Big Council” in 1982. He was responsible for housing and security.
When coach Simon Keistemaker preferred not to play against NAC in De Vijverberg in December due to personal problems, Schott arranged it. Grab the fire hose and flood the field. “I never told anyone, but I think they won’t blame me anymore,” the “mustachioed man” said in 2019.
In 2010, Schütte officially resigned from his position as stadium manager, but the Doetinchem resident continued to follow the club. “The club will remain in my heart forever. I think it is a shame that things are no longer the same as they were under Han Berger (manager and technical director). After his departure, unfortunately, De Graafschap never became a stable club again.
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