Football honours loyal helpers
Long-time football volunteers were recognised by the Auckland Football Federation at a service awards evening earlier this month.
The organisation’s annual awards recognised 10 volunteers with long service awards for their contribution and commitment to their respective football clubs and the game itself.
Eastern Suburbs’ Tom Street, and Metro Football Club’s Anthony Owens were two of the names honoured by Auckland Football.
Street, who has been a prominent name at Suburbs for 21 years and has been club chairman and president, said to receive the award was both flattering and embarrassing.
‘‘It’s nice that notices,’’ Street said.
‘‘Not that you do it for that reason, you do it because you enjoy doing it.
‘‘But it’s also embarrassing because I’m not unique. I’m not particularly special, there’s plenty of people both at Eastern Suburbs and all the other clubs putting in an awful lot of effort and these clubs wouldn’t exist if they didn’t.’’
Auckland Football Federation’s chief executive Bill MacGowan agreed and said the organisation had handed out over 77 long service awards since 2008, to a diverse array of volunteers including coaches, referees, and club administrators. somebody