I was born in Oxford and moved to Milton Keynes at the age of 18 due to work commitments. I have been married 41 years and we have had 3 children and 3 very special grandchildren aged 3, 6 & 10 and 2 lovely step granddaughters.
I cannot write this profile without mentioning my love for Everton FC. They are my boyhood team and I have fond memories of my Dad taking me to watch them in London and also to Goodison Park. My own family are also true blues and until recently we regularly saw the team 3 times per season. My eldest granddaughter has also made the trip and is a confirmed blue nose. Other sports I enjoy are Horse Racing, Cricket & Golf (although I am not as good at Golf as I would like to be).
I was able to take an early retirement and currently I child care 2 days per week. In addition I work as an Invigilator at a school in Milton Keynes and act as a presiding officer for Milton Keynes Council at Election time. As well as holding the office of Deputy Chair, I am the ‘Board Champion’ for Safeguarding in our County and I act as an FA accredited Discipline Chair.
My Football life began at the age of 9 when playing for my local cub group. As a young boy I played for Marston Saints FC who were a very successful team at that time. My whole life has been football and at this age I only ever wanted to be a professional footballer. At the age of 16/17 I played for Reading FC in their ‘A’ Team (Would be known as an academy team today). My highlight being selected for a Reserve Team fixture at Elm Park. Despite making a good start to my career at Reading, unfortunately my form dropped and I received a very nice letter saying ‘No thank you’. I then played for Oxford City in their Youth, Reserve and 1st Teams in the then Isthmian League. My 1st appearance in the first team was away to Dagenham in front of over 1000 people where we lost 3-0 but I enjoyed every minute of it including fish & Chips on the way home in the coach. My work commitments took me to Milton Keynes so after a short break in playing I then played briefly for Buckingham Athletic, then moved to Milton Keynes City (who played in the Southern League). I then played for Wolverton Town & Newport Pagnell Town in the United Counties League ending up my playing career at Bicester Town in the Hellenic League. The highlight being an Oxford Senior Cup Final played against Oxford Utd FC at the Manor Ground which we lost after extra time 1-0.
I then turned my hand to Football Management where I started off at Stony Stratford FC, followed by Buckingham Athletic (League & Cup Wnrs), Wolverton Town, Newport Pagnell, Wootton Blue Cross, Potton Utd & finally Buckingham Town in the Southern League (with my dear friend Steve Curley). Unfortunately we were relegated that season and were subsequently dismissed from our role!
I am also a Level 5 Referee and continue to Referee today for MK Dons Academy Teams, MK Dons SET, MK College & MK Dons Ladies. Until recently I also refereed in the United Counties League where I was an appointed official in a Reserve Cup Final. My refereeing career commenced whilst ‘running the line’ for my sons teams. It was often that we had no appointed referee and I would do the job (much to my son’s disgust!). I decided to complete the Referee’s course so at least I could do the job in a proper kit. It was here that my passion and enjoyment of refereeing started and I moved forward from level 7 to 5 and was The MKRA Referee of the Year in 2007. I have been fortunate enough to officiate many youth and adult cup finals.
My association with the Berks & Bucks FA started when I became manager of the County’s U18 Youth Team. A position I held for 7 years (Winning the South West Counties Championship and Cup) before work commitments ended my association with the team. During this period I had made strong friendships with the late Mr Dick Custance (Youth Chair) and David Grainge (Youth Secretary at that time). I had an insight into the organisation which I had really enjoyed. A few years later an opportunity arose and I became a member of Council for the association in 2007. I became Deputy Chair in 2010. In addition I served as Chair of The Rules Revision Committee. I did not realise how many Rules I did not know until I held this position. I shall be forever in debt to Robin Woolman for his guidance throughout this period. During this time together with David Grainge (Now Chair) we have overseen many changes to the organisation and I believe we have moved considerably forward to keep up with today’s ever changing society. Looking to the future we need to continue to develop the Board and our Council. We have a great team of staff who have a willingness to help and assist football in our community which I am very proud of.
I am also the Safeguarding Champion for the Board of Directors. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously, and I am very proud of our approach to Safeguarding as a Board.
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