Football league celebrates its centenary

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THE Gainsborough and District Football League held its centenary presentation evening at the Weston Rooms on Friday 28th May.

Each club was presented with a silver engraved plate to commemorate their participation in the league during its centenary season.

The silver plates had been purchased with money which the now defunct Sturton Football Club had so kindly donated.

All the league’s sponsors were invited and were given the role of presenting the awards on the night.

Gainsborough Sporting Club, who have been the league’s sponsors for the last four years, were represented by Mr George Johnson and his lady and he presented the Division One Trophy to AFC Friendship.

Division Two champions Churchills received their trophy from Richard Hunt of Stanley Hunt Jewellers who had supplied many of the individual awards as well as sponsoring the Division Two League Cup.

Mr Keith Brown, a director of Lindum Care Services Limited who had sponsored the Nursing Association Cup, presented the league’s cup competition winners with their trophies: Nursing Cup AFC Friendship, Trinity Challenge Cup AFC Friendship, Annie Lawson Cup Peacock Sports, Presidents Cup AFC Friendship and Division Two League Cup Eaton Hall College.

Gerald Burton, chairman of the Blues Club who sponsor the Trinity Challenge Cup, and Norman Saywell, president, and John Griffin, secretary of Lincs Football Association along with Mrs Judith Green who is a director of Lindum Care Services, completed the line-up of guests.

Chairman Mr Graham Lyner gave an outline of the league’s history and sincerely thanked everyone in the league, its sponsors, the management committee who he believed were the best team in the league, and the officials and players, while special thanks went to Dave and Brenda Parsons of the Weston Rooms for hosting the event.

League secretary Steve Lilley wrapped the presentations up by saying that Graham Lyner had praised everyone except himself and said that, in his opinion, Graham had been the guiding light in the league for the last 25 years and everyone owed a debt of gratitude to him.