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In Memory of Roy Carter

Roy Carter Obituary

It is with great sorrow that we noted the passing of one of the founders of the Mayflower Soccer League, now Marin Soccer League.  Roy Carter July 25, 1934 June 7, 2019  passed away from pancreatic cancer surrounded by family and friends at his home in Lucas Valley, California. Born in Birmingham, England, to a working-class family before the start of World War II. These meager beginnings and the difficulties of post-war Britain shaped Roy's pragmatism, diligence, charm and positive nature. He worked earnestly to achieve the American dream in Marin, where he was able to give his wife, children and friends more than he ever dreamed he could.   Roy's best friend convinced them to emigrate to the Bay Area. Arriving in San Francisco on the 4th of July, 1960,   Charming, affable, and the life of the party, Roy quickly made friends with many Marin locals and British expats after moving to Marin in 1961. His passion for any sport involving a ball - soccer, tennis, bocce, rugby, golf, cricket or ping pong - introduced him to a wide circle of friends and "adopted" family. But something was missing - pubs. Nothing in the area was comparable to this British institution of socializing, singing, and cheer. Other expats he knew felt the same until the Mayflower Inn opened in San Rafael in 1971 where they started gathering for a few pints, sing-a-longs and camaraderie. Roy was the heart and soul of the Mayflower and, with his witty humor and quick smile, would regularly pick up the microphone with a glint in his eye to tell jokes and break into song with his soccer mate banging away on the old, out-of-tune piano. You never saw a happier man than Roy with his group of friends at the pub crooning away with a pint in his favorite bubble glass. An avid, lifelong Aston Villa fan, Roy was passionate about his favorite sport. He was born with a soccer ball attached to his feet and played semi-pro soccer in England before emigrating to the US. He was a co-founder of the Mayflower Soccer League and played on the Mayflower Old Boys soccer team. Roy also helped establish a youth soccer league in Marin and coached Watney's Red Barons, perhaps the only children's soccer team in history with beer as its mascot.  Roy relished his home life, creating and lovingly tending his vision of an English garden and old English inn for his family, while supporting his children's passions and interests, and indulging his love of animals, especially his beloved cats and Irish Setter.  He also volunteered at the Marin Humane Society and the California Highway Patrol.  The consummate English gentleman, Roy gave generously and selflessly, financially and emotionally; he was a man of his word; he was genuine, honorable, courageous, loyal, kind, witty, gentle, charming, honest, trustworthy, fair, devoted to family and friends alike; he helped anyone he knew and always gave people the benefit of the doubt; he was a man with high values and a great sense of humor; he had character, was a character(!), and never failed to make people smile and laugh. Roy is survived by his daughter Kim and son-in-law Larry Chase; son Scott and daughter-in-law Jeanne Brantigan; grandson Bennett; grand-dog Koa; and grand-cats Bam Bam, Pebbles and Napoli. A two-part send-off for Roy will be held Saturday, July 27, in San Rafael, beginning with a memorial soccer game in his honor at 1 p.m. at the Marin Academy soccer field at 1600 Mission Ave, followed by a boisterous pub gathering and singalong at the Mayflower Inn Pub at 1533 4th Street, where we would love for you to share your favorite laughs, stories and memories about this amazing man. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Marin Humane Society or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) in the name of Roy Carter.

Premier Division Season Spring/Summer 2019

The Premier season is off to a great start.  There are still a few teams looking for quality players.  If you're interested or have any questions please send an email to Andy Thompson the Director of the Premier Division at  


Teams Looking for Players

We have certain Marin Soccer League teams looking for players for this current season. This is a long established, competitive, recreational league with players from all over the world. Some soccer experience is expected. 

We have three divisions: a Premier division for players 18 or older, an age 40 and over division, and an age 50 and over division. Teams in all three have room for more players.

New Over 58 Division
Due to great demand, an over 58 Division has been formed.  The first four-team season was completed on May 18, 2019, with RMFC being crowned "O58 League Champions"  New players for our teams and/or our informal scrimmages are welcome!

Interested in joining? If you are interested in joining or creating a team for any division please send email to with your age, soccer background, and whatever other information you'd like to pass on to team managers and your note will be forwarded to teams that are interested in new players.

Marin Soccer League Sponsor

League Sponsor: The Knee Joint in Corte Madera

2019 Board of Directors

Karl Buder, President/Treasurer
George Pfeiffer, Vice President/Secretary
Les Bek, Vice President
Allen Kohlhepp, Director - Premier Division
Andrew Thompson, Director - Premier Division
Michael Peters, Director - Over 40 Division
Keith Daly, Director - Over 50 Division
Nairn Albert, Director - Over 58 Division
Gerard Bessat, Web Administrator

Disciplinary Committee

Les Bek,  Chairman
Simon Pang, Member
Dave Presher, Member
Nairn Albert, Member
Mark Thompson, Member

Advisory Board

Clint MacDonald, Director Emeritus
Frank Bonardi, Director Emeritus

Field Permits

Mcinniss Park Rain Line:
(415) 446-4423
(usually by 8AM gameday) 

Tamalpais Permit