Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

Far left, Barry Lean­ing with Kent FA’s Philip Smith. Left, Bob Lean­ing, Right, Ian Sands with Philip Smith the end of the 2013/14 sea­son. He served as ad­min­is­tra­tor for both Satur­day and Sun­day Leagues, tak­ing over as the former’s fix­ture sec­re­tary in 1998, be­fore as­sum­ing the Sun­day role in 2005. He still car­ries out both jobs. Barry was 13 when he made his de­but for Ruckinge in 1953, then play­ing a hand­ful of games for Folkestone Re­serves. He was forced to turn down a trial at Charl­ton be­cause he had no means of trav­el­ling to south east Lon­don. He won cup hon­ours at Ruckinge, and the League and Cup dou­ble with Sun­day side Jaf­fas. Trea­surer at Ruckinge, he has since been club del­e­gate, ref­eree, then ap­point­ments of­fi­cer for both leagues. Ian has served Head­corn for 58 years, get­ting in­volved in club ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore hang­ing up his boots. Fund-raiser, sec­re­tary, trea­surer, vicechair­man, he took over as chair­man in 1977, be­fore be­ing made a life vice-pres­i­dent in 1995. He then qual­i­fied as a ref­eree, a role he has filled for more than 30 years. He still of­fi­ci­ates, de­spite un­der­go­ing a hip re­place­ment. Ian has also served the Sun­day League as fx­ture sec­re­tary since 1990.

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM4367291, left; above, FM4367283; FM4367281, right

Left, Ash­ford United Tigers. Above, Bid­den­den un­der-7s. Right, Pil­grims un­der-8s

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