FA recognition for Bob Keyes

PUBLISHED: 07:52 18 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 May 2010

Left to right: Peter Hockley, FA representative, Francis Hillier MBE, JP, Bob Keyes and Alan Cumner.

Left to right: Peter Hockley, FA representative, Francis Hillier MBE, JP, Bob Keyes and Alan Cumner.

AT a specially arranged dinner, well-known local football enthusiast Bob Keyes received a special presentation by the Football Association to mark his 50 years service to the game. The presentation was made by the president of the Somerset FA Francis Hill

AT a specially arranged dinner, well-known local football enthusiast Bob Keyes received a special presentation by the Football Association to mark his 50 years service to the game.The presentation was made by the president of the Somerset FA Francis Hillier MBE, JP, who paid tribute to Bob's continuous record of involvement to the Football Association, the Somerset FA and the Weston & District League, which first started in 1956 when Bob was secretary of Corpus Christi, who played in the youth section of the league.He is currently in his 18th year as league president and prior to that, held many positions including chairman, vice-chairman and management committee member and sat on various other sub-committees during the past half century. He was awarded life membership in 1980.For the past 15 years, Bob has been an elected councillor for the Somerset FA, serving on various committees and is a vice-president.In 1960, Bob took up the whistle and wore the black and white for 33 years, rising to the Football League linesmans list and becoming a much respected official at all levels, working tirelessly for the Referees Association, both in administration and as a FA qualified referee instructor.Mr Hillier presented a bouquet of flowers to Mrs Carmel Keyes who had supported her husband throughout the many years past and in making the presentation said that Bob had epitomised the motto "Service before Self" to the highest standards and with great distinction, earning the respect of all those who had come into contact with him.

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