Staffs FA long-service awards presented to Cheadle United officials

THE Staffordshire Football Association has presented long-service awards to Cheadle United FC members.

The Sunday league club was recently wound up and thus ended a 50-year association with county football's governing body.

United have left the Potteries and District Sunday League as its longest-serving current member.

The club was formed in 1967 by Dave Wilson under the name Cheadle Dominoes, but it did not become affiliated to the Staffs FA until 1970.

The club has enjoyed immense success including winning the Sentinel Cup three times, Midland Sunday Cup, and reaching the last eight of the National Sunday Cup.

United also topped both the Leek and District Sunday League and later the Potteries and District Sunday League Premier Division without dropping a point.

Staffs FA representative Gareth Thomas recently presented the long-serving awards at the Bird in Hand pub, in Cheadle.

Neil Baker, manager of BetVictor Northern Premier League side Leek Town, who is a life-long supporter of Cheadle United, was also in attendance and local councillor Ian Whitehouse.

Coun Whitehouse is overseeing a project that will mark the club's long existence in the town.

The first batch of long-service awards were presented to committee members with over 200 years service between them: Tony Webster, Peter Booth, Alan Hodgkinson and Michael Beardmore.

Another four awards went to club members with service ranging from 15 to 25 years as players, coaches and team managers. Their collective service totalled over 70 years.

Those club members were: Lyndon Beardmore (player and team manager); Marc Hubbard (player and management team); Paul McGuire (youth team coach and second team manager, first team joint manager); Paul Callear (player).

Cheadle United secretary/treasurer Tony Webster said: "The [presentation] evening has been a while in coming for these awards and it is sad that they have come at the end of the club's reign.

"But all good things come to an end and we have been left with some fantastic memories to mull over in the future. No doubt we will go over the good times over the odd pint or two in The Bird [public house]".

The celebration had originally been planned for June but had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The club has been forced to fold because of a lack of players.

Webster explained: "We can't get a side together for the new season, because quite a few players have left to join other clubs.

"It's very sad but we bear no malice to anyone and accept the situation.

"We've been struggling for the last couple of years and there is no way out this time.

"We had an horrendous time last year when we sometimes couldn't get a side together and had to forfeit a couple of games which cost us fines," he added.


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