Three of Matlock Town stalwarts have been recognized by the Northern Premier Football League who has presented them with Long Service Awards. The individuals involved are Chairman – Tom Wright, Safety Officer – Stuart Else and Committee Member – Hazel West. All three have completed 38 years excellent service to the club and continue to do so. Tom and Stuart originally became members of the club by being part of the team who set up the Gladiators Social Club housed in the wooden building adjacent to the changing rooms back in 1975 and over many years raised significant funds whilst running many activities in the facility. Over the years both became more and more involved with the running of the Football Club and have now held their current positions for a number of years. Hazel joined the committee in the same year, joining her Dad – Walter and brother- Keith who were already members of the committee. She worked alongside Kath Bonsall doing the boardroom refreshments for many years before taking over the running of the Tea Bar with friends Elaine and Carole. Hazel also ran the ‘200’ Club which for many years provided a good source of income to the club. Tom Wright was presented with his award at the Northern Premier League Presentation night at Blackpool on Saturday 15th June by League Vice Chairman and MTFC Club Secretary – Keith Brown. The awards to Stuart and Hazel were presented by Keith prior to the start of the Management meeting at Matlock on Monday 17th June None of the recipients were aware that the awards had been made by the NPFL and all were delighted that their long service had been recognized.

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Safety Officer – Stuart Else presented with award by Chief Executive Keith Brown

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Chairman – Tom Wright presented with award by Chief Executive Keith Brown

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Committee Member – Hazel West presented with award by Chief Executive Keith Brown

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Matlock Town Secretary Keith Brown, suffered a major disappointment on Saturday when he received final confirmation from Chesterfield FC Chief Executive Chris Turner that they would be unable to send a team to Causeway Lane for the traditional Pre season fixture due to the number of matches they had arranged. This early season match has taken place for at least the last 40 years and has always been one full of joy and excitement for both the Matlock and the large contingent of Chesterfield Fans who make the short trip over. There has always been a close affinity between both the clubs and their supporters over very many years and the numerous enquiries we have been receiving from both sets of fans over recent week’s shows the great interest in this particular match which we sincerely hope will be first on the schedule for next season.

Secretary Keith Brown confirmed that the early request for the match had been submitted in accordance with the practice followed over very many years but accepted that Chesterfield had this season arranged more fixtures at their own ground than normal and they are visiting Belper Town as part of the agreement following the signing of goalkeeper Aaron Chapman. Chris Turner has confirmed that he will do everything possible to see if a suitable mid season date can be arranged for a visit to Causeway Lane once the fixtures of both clubs have been determined.

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