Football stalwart honoured for 40 years’ service
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