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