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September 5, 2008

Metheringham Football Club

Another season is now underway for our local football team which will be running sides from 6's right up to 18's plus three senior sides (One Saturdays, two Sundays). The club is one of the oldest in the county going back 125 years, with mention of it in the Lincolnshire Chronicle of 1884 - (photographs of some of the teams going back at least 100 years can be viewed on the village website at www.macla.co.uk).

It seems like some of the committee have been in post for almost that long (joking!). The Treasurer Roger Dawson is the longest serving member, having held his position since quill pens were used (again only joking). Roger has been the club's financial figure for over 40 years going back to 1967 but was a committee member in 1964. Chairman, John Wood has been at the Club's helm since 1990 and is now in his 18th year while Secretary Pete Ford has held most positions in the club going back to 1964 when he joined the club as a 15 year old from Blankney Estate FC. He briefly held the Treasurer's job in 1966 before Roger took over and is now going into his 20th year as club secretary, having taken post in March 1989. Another long standing member is his father Cyril, the present Club President, who has been the club figurehead for 7 years. He too has held numerous positions including being part of the management team for the Saturday 1st XI (as far back as 1964), also being one of those instrumental in starting the Sunday XI in 1965 when the club took over the fixtures of Heighington (who withdrew their team from the leagues prior to the season commencing), as well as Club Chairman from 1976 to 1990. Along with another long serving member, Brian Blackband, these two senior citizens (accumulative age of 161) have maintained the club pitches (including collecting the endless rubbish and clearing the dog dirt left by the irresponsible) for too many years to remember. This work has been done in all weather without payment and they are sincerely thanked for their efforts.

Thanks too have to go out to other senior citizens, including our ladies, Doreen Blackband, Joan Gray and Brenda Mickleburgh (the latter two, since their husbands played for the club back in the 50/60's) who have been instrumental in providing much needed funds by Bingo Sessions, which have been held for over 40 years. Sadly a serious lack of numbers, initially caused by the smoking ban, along with rising costs has made it such, that it is virtually now non-profit making. In the light of this it is anticipated, once our "snowballs" are won, it will come to a sad end. We do thank all who have supported us over the last 40 years.

In around 5 years time Sunday football will have been a part of the local scene for 50 years. From the acorn sowed in 1965 when there was just one side the scene on a Sunday now is one of total activity on the sports fields most weekends from the end of August to the start of May. The dedication of club members, players, parents, guardians, sponsors and supporters is something to be proud of and we would place on record sincere thanks to one and all.

For anyone wishing to join the club in any capacity, below are contact numbers for all our managers who all have CRB clearance. Several also have FA coaching badges.

Pete Ford (Club Secretary) - 01526 320016 / 07789117743
Steve Asher (Sun 1st) - 01526 320034
Dave Atkin (Sun 2nd) - 01526 320152
Stuart Robinson (Sat XI) - 07747193906
Andy Blackband (Under 18) - 01526 322413
Alan Ward (Under 16) - 07825302901
Barry King (Under 14) - 07788711833
Roy Rogers (Under 13) - 01526 322545
(Gary Bleasdale (Under 12) - 01526 320629
Paul Scigala (Under 11) - 01507 527431
Ant Jones (Under 10) - 01526 320701
John Haresign (Under 9) - 01526 320689
Paul Chambers (Under 8) - 01526 323208
Chris Wood (Under 7) - 01526 322601

1 Comments

val mumby said:

Hi

I am trying to trace my cousin Brian Burr who I belive had a connection to the club or to the area.

Please are you able to give me any contact details.

Many thanks

Val

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