Published: 05/04/2012 13:15 - Updated: 14/02/2013 11:05

MK Dons to have minute's applause for Jim Marshall

Milton Keynes MK NEWS Jim Marshall, when he received the freedom of Milton Keynes
Jim Marshall, when he received the freedom of Milton Keynes

MK Dons has announced a minute's applause will be held to honour Jim Marshall, who has died aged 88, before the match against Tranmere Rovers on Monday.

Jim was one of the earliest supporters of MK Dons and made Marshall the sponsor of the Dons’ kit in the club’s first years, and the company remain a Platinum Partner.

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said: “Jim was a wonderful and generous man who never took his worldwide success for granted. He always stepped up to the plate and supported the Milton Keynes community in many ways, helping to establish The Stables and providing funding to our Club, MK Lions, Milton Keynes Athletics and the MK Boxing Club to name but a few.

“When the club arrived in Milton Keynes I knew the backing of someone of Jim’s stature would be integral to our success. It was an incredibly difficult time for the football club and yet unsurprisingly, Jim was the first to support us, and typical of his character he decided if he was to back us he would do it with the biggest gesture possible by sponsoring our kits.

"To this day those MK Dons strips with Marshall sponsorship remain one of the coolest football shirts to have graced the English game.

“The biggest tribute that can be made to Jim is the pivotal use of Marshall Amplifiers throughout every part of the performance music industry. He was a role model to me and anyone else who has ever stepped into the business world. He set the tone for success by engaging and supporting everyone, his customers, his suppliers and his local community.

“Marshall Amplifications is the most recognisable rock and roll brand not only in Milton Keynes, not only in the England but in the world. What he did for the music business cannot be underestimated and I think everyone in Milton Keynes are proud of the important part he played in the cultural growth of our dynamic and pioneering new city.

“Jim created more than a business, he created the most iconic rock and roll brand, and he established a legacy.”

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