Retiring club secretary Martin Eede proud to accept Vice-President role at Dulwich Hamlet
DULWICH HAMLET stalwart Martin Eede has stepped down after 20 years versatile service at Champion Hill.
After serving the club in roles as diverse as chairman, manager, secretary and groundsman, Mr Eede has stepped down after moving to Wiltshire to retire a couple of years ago.
STEPPING DOWN: Martin Eede has stepped down
from his role as club secretary of Isthmian League
Premier club Dulwich Hamlet
Photo: Dulwich Hamlet FC
“I’ve been involved with football all my adult life, as a player, manager, administrator and more,” Mr Eede told the club website.
“But in truth I’m not getting any younger and the long train journeys up from the west country are becoming a little too much for me.
“I’ve loved being involved at Dulwich Hamlet and have always given 100% no matter what role I’ve been in, but the workload is also becoming harder in the modern electronic age, so I feel it’s time to stand down as club secretary.”
Mr Eede has been a stalwart at Champion Hill almost since the current ground opened in the early nineties after being invited by then football club owner Steve Dye Senior, to make the switch from Molesey.
Chairman Liam Hickey said: “It was our monthly committee meeting on Thursday, which also doubles up as our Annual General Meeting. This is where Martin officially stood down and I was honoured, alongside the rest of my committee who backed in unanimously, to propose that Martin become the Honorary Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Vice-President. The very least we could do to a man who has selflessly devoted so much service to our club.
“Martin is welcome in the boardroom at any time, he doesn’t even have to ask or knock at the door!
“Having just completed my first season as chair, I shall always be indebted to him for his valuable advice and experience he has offered me in supporting me in this role.”
Mr Eede added: “To be honest I was just looking to go away quietly, perhaps coming back to a game once a month or so, when I can afford to now that I’m fully retired and an old age pensioner.
“Locally, down my way, I will take a few matches at the likes of Frome Town, Weston-super-Mare and so on.
“I certainly wasn’t expecting to be honoured by being offered the role of Dulwich Hamlet Vice-President. It’s a privilege to be asked and I am extremely humbled and proud to accept.”
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