Football stalwart steps down after 40 years

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ONE OF Eastbourne’s footballing stalwarts has been honoured after 40 years’ work in the town.

The chairman and honorary fixtures secretary of the Eastbourne and District Football Association, Milford Ansfield, received a special long service award at the association’s recent annual meeting after stepping down from his post.

Ansfield retired from active service and received the award after over 40 years of considerable work for various committees.

At the AGM, he closed the official business of the meeting and thanked members for all their support and expressed his desire for the F.A to continue to provide organised football in the local area.

In reply, treasurer Richard Marsh thanked him on behalf of the committee for all his contributions over the last four decades.

To loud applause, Mr Ansfield was then presented with his long service award by vice-chairman, Brian Chambers.

The Eastbourne & District FA has not completely lost Mr Ansfield’s expertise though, as he has agreed to remain a vice-president.

Elsewhere, the annual elections saw Brian Chambers and Mark Potter added to the list of vice-presidents, with local referee Dave Rogers taking over as the new chairman.

Mark Potter will now also deal with matters relating to fixtures, whilst Nick Stevenson from Eastbourne Rangers F.C joins the committee for the first time, and his nomination was particularly well-received by those members present.

Notable changes made to the rules included the conversion of all F.A Cup Competitions to ‘Entry by Invitation’ status and the Bill Hide Competition renamed as the Vice-President’s Cup.

The Bill Hide Memorial Trophy itself will remain in service as a man-of-the-match award at one of the finals.