Les Riggs 1935-2020
Former Ramsgate and Margate manager and Gillingham FC legend Les Riggs dies aged 85.
Les made a total of 169 appearances for the Gills during the 1950s and the 1960s and then later went on to manage both Ramsgate FC and Margate FC. As well as managing both Thanet sides, Les had a number of links to the area. He had local school football tournaments named after him and also owned Thanet’s most successful sports shop on Northdown Road in Cliftonville, and was the former captain of the North Foreland Golf Club.
Former Rams manager and friend, Jim Ward, had this to say about Les;
"Les Was an inspiration to many young and old in the Thanet area. I first met Les in the late 90s when i first took the Ramsgate Job and most of the advice he gave me then has stood the test of time. I played golf with him many a time at North Foreland and he always wanted to know all about what we were doing at Ramsgate F C. Always positive never negative. I never saw him play but i knew he was renowned as a tough Tackler who also could throw that heavy old leather ball miles. He will be sorely missed in football and N/F Golf Club where he was an ex Captain. RIP Les" Jim Ward
Everyone at Ramgsgate FC offers our deepest condolensces to the family of Les Riggs he will be greatly missed by many.