Bob recognised for his 50 years service

PUBLISHED: 16:45 14 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010

A STANDING ovation greeted league president R E (Bob) Keyes when he received a presentation from chairman Alan Cumner to mark his 50 years' service to the Weston and District Football League at the centenary celebration dinner, held at Weston Football Clu

A STANDING ovation greeted league president R E (Bob) Keyes when he received a presentation from chairman Alan Cumner to mark his 50 years' service to the Weston and District Football League at the centenary celebration dinner, held at Weston Football Club.The presentation included an inscribed decanter and glasses, an inscribed silver salver and a reprinted league handbook dated 1956-57 where the name of R E Keyes first appeared, as the club secretary of Corpus Christi.In making the presentation, Alan Cumner paid tribute to the loyalty and service Bob has given during the past 50 years in a variety of posts, both within the league and with other associations in the game and that he had been a great ambassador for football.Alan Hobbs, vice-president of the Football Association, and Francis Hillier, MBE, JP, president of Somerset FA, made presentations to the league to mark their centenary.Social secretary Simon Bull received an inscribed silver salver to mark his life membership of the league after 21 years' service as an officer of the league, as did George Clark for serving as a referee for the past 30 years. The Referees' Merit Trophy for last season was awarded to Peter Reynolds.Each guest received a commemorative inscribed goblet, provided by league sponsor Nightingale Storage and Removals, and a booklet detailing how the league was formed with reports of the games played in the first season, 1903-04 and league ties and flowers were presented to specially invited guests.The successful evening ended with a light-hearted auction, with Danny Maher squeezing the wallets, the proceeds going to local charities, details of which will be announced at a later date.


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