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Long serving Lowestoft League official Mike Johnson stands down after over 40 years

PUBLISHED: 06:59 23 June 2017

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The Lowestoft and District Saturday League, sponsored by Team Lauren Lou Cancer Fundraising, held its annual meeting at Kirkley and Pakefield Social Club.

Mike Johnson, having been secretary for over 40 years and then recently treasurer, finally stood down to spend more time doing other things.

Mike had previously been rewarded for his remarkable service. David Crisp, another long-serving member, had also retired and, likewise, had also been presented with an award for his outstanding service.

AC Mill Lane, Belton Reserves, Caister A and The Crown Reserves have withdrawn from the league but their exit has been more than made for up by new arrivals.

New teams entering the League are AFC Oulton, Carlton Colville Town Reserves, Celt Rangers, Earsham Reserves, Hempnall Reserves, Loddon United Reserves, Mariners, Mutford & Wrentham Reserves and Stanford Reserves. Nirvana Athletic have changed their name to Hawthorn Athletic.

There will be 12 teams in Divisions One and Two and 14 teams in Division Three.

It was agreed to increase the match fees for referees. Since 2006, it has remained at £22, plus expenses. It will now be £30, inclusive of travelling expenses. Several presentations then took place. Winners of the Fair Play Award were Nirvana while Secretary of the Year was Adam Goldspink of Art Eternal. The Referees’ Sportsmanship winners were Redwood United and the League Sportsmanship winners were Nirvana. All of these awards were presented by Jourdan Kiwomya of Suffolk FA.

To thank him for his dedication and commitment to the league, Bryan Grint was presented with a litre bottle of Courvoisier, for his endless supply of photographic memories.

The 2017-2018 season will commence on Saturday, September 2.

Officers elected: President, John Wilton; Chairman, Ian McMeekan; Vice-Chairman, Mick Leeds; Secretary/Treasurer, Barry Robinson; Registrations’ secretary, Brian Gower; Results’ secretary, Colleen Gower; Referees’ secretary, Richard May; Fixture secretary, David Beecher; Suffolk FA representative, Mick Leeds; Committee members, David Hackney, Keith Hitcham, Chase Hart and Scott Yarham.

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