Football stal­wart hon­oured for 40 years’ ser­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

Ash­ford Satur­day League’s for­mer long-serv­ing trea­surer John Ralph has been hon­oured by the Kent FA for 40 years’ ser­vice to the game in the county

Mr Ralph, 76, who lives at West­well, stepped down from the post at the end of the 2013-14, fol­low­ing his elec­tion as vice-chair­man but con­tin­ued in the role un­til Oc­to­ber last year when Alan Boor­man suc­ceeded him. He was also made a vice pres­i­dent.

His in­volve­ment in the game be­gan when he ran Ruckinge un­der-14s in the 70s. He then took over the se­nior side, which in­cluded his three sons, Mark, Ju­lian and Dar­ren.

He joined the com­mit­tee, per­form­ing roles such as mark­ing out the pitch, col­lect­ing subs and wash­ing the team kits. He also acted as club lines­man.

A spell as chair­man fol­lowed and he was in the post when the club cel­e­brated their 50th an­niver­sary in 1997. The club were forced to dis­band at the end of the 2013-14 sea­son.

He also served as a club del­e­gate, be­fore tak­ing over as trea­surer in 2001.

He is still con­tin­u­ing in the same role with the Ash­ford Char­ity Tro­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

Philip Smith, of the Kent FA, presents the award to John Ralph

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