‘Football is part of my DNA’
New SYCOB chairman’s dad was amateur international Cross boys are the champions
The 45-year-old this week took over as top dog at Holloways Park from Fred Deanus, with Michael Saunders replacing Paul Hughes as vicechairman.
It is a path Agar always thought he would tread, with his father, Roy Agar, having been an England amateur international in the days when such a thing still existed.
He said: “Football has always been part of my DNA. My father started at Spurs and then Swindon but spent much of his career in non-league football with Dulwich Hamlet, Enfield, Tooting & Mitcham and Bromley, so non-league football has always been an interest.
“My association, such as it is, with Beaconsfield began about nine years ago when I started playing five a side every Sunday at the Beacon centre. Much to the annoyance of my knees and ankles, I still play every week.”
With his eight-year-old son, Alfie, signed up to the Brentford academy, Agar has also taken a keen interest in youth football and is a director of the FAB Academy, which developed a link-up with SYCOB last summer.
The first season of the experiment saw the club narrowly avoid relegation from Southern League Division One Central, and with that in mind, Agar avoided making wild predictions for the club under his tenure – favouring stability and engaging with the community.
He said: “My aim is to create a community-based football club that puts youth development at its heart. It is our intention first to financially stabilise the club, and then to o offer the local community a football club that extends way y beyond the first team.
“We have an arrangement in place to work with the youth set up at Beaconsfield Holtspur, which will bring more than 350 kids and their parents into the club, and other developments include significant ground improvements, which should see the club being used seven days a week.
“In Beaconsfield, there has always been a great deal of support for both the cricket and rugby clubs, and the football club has always been seen as somewhat of a poor relation. A big part of my role is to change this perception within the community.
“This won’t happen overnight, but I hope that, in the not too distant future, we have a club of which people can be genuinely proud and for which they show genuine enthusiasm.
“This is the start a two or three year journey, and one which I am sure that supporters both old and new will enjoy.” GERRARDS Cross LTC are celebrating their U12 A team winning this year’s Aegon Team Championship.
The team (left to right) are William Evans, James Mason, Sam Hirst and Wiehan Van Wyk, while not pictured is Ollie Latham, who filled in at short notice for one game and more than held his own.
Head coach Andy Schofield said: “The boys played a very high standard of tennisis throughout the competition and thoroughly deserved to win. The difference, in my opinion between our team and the others was our strength in depth.
“There were not much to choose between the boys, which meant we were able to field four strong singles players and two very competitive doubles teams. Throughout the tournament they displayed a good team spirit and supported each other very well. It was clear that they were having lots of fun playing together as a team.” New Beaconsfield SYCOB chairman Andy Agar; (inset) his father Rory Agar
CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: