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A Day In The Life, Gary Wilson Club Secretary

Monday, 13 January 2014 13:10

The First in a series of "A Day In The Life" of which we will feature one of our club Volunteers in every forthcoming Matchday Magazine.

A Great read and good value,


The Life of a football Club Secretary.

 Those of you that know me will know that I was an assistant referee at this level for over ten years which meant refereeing at UCL level, including St. Neots Town, so I have experienced the real abuse from the rabble, not just from my recent appearances!  Having got fed up with the rain and the cold and possibly the fitness, I approached Mike Kearns about helping out on match days, initially to look after the referees, then hospitality and now secretary. 

I became secretary after Peter Naylor, who had fulfilled the role for a number of years decided to retire to spend more time with his granddaughter.  When I enquired as to what the role involved I was told that there would be a few jobs on match days with the occasional piece of paper work.  Easy I thought, I can do that and during pre-season that was the case.  Once I had ensured that our entries for the FA Cup, Trophy and Youth Cup had been received and our affiliation to the county had been acknowledged it was just a matter of completing the paper work for the players that we wanted to sign.  However, once the season started it changed somewhat!

As we all know we did not start that well which resulted in additional players coming in.  One particular day I signed 6 players on a Monday with the “demand” that they all be available for the game on the Tuesday.  These signings involved loan deals and transfers from other clubs which meant forms being signed by players, their former clubs secretaries and then being forwarded on to the relevant leagues, the FA and the clubs in time to be registered.  Since Gary, Zema & Nathan have come on board I now dread Thursday evenings /Friday mornings as it is always then that I get instructions from Gary to sign a certain player or to put in a seven day request so that we can talk to a player after this period.  Strangely, these players are always desperately needed for the next game which puts on extra pressure.

On match days, I still like to welcome the match officials, many of whom I have worked with previously.  I then have to ensure that they receive details of the team 45 minutes before kick off and then produce the team sheets for the press box and our guests.  At half time and at the end of the game I am responsible for reporting the result and paying the match officials.  I also take it on board to look after them at the end of the game and this is a good opportunity to renew old acquaintances and discuss the talking points.  This has always been a joy even if I may not always agree with what they have done. 

This is a voluntary role and so far I have always been able to fulfil these urgent requirements and I need to thank my boss, Kevin Hull of Premier Plus in fully supporting me in this respect.  Without this support I would not be able to fulfil the role.  Kevin and Premier Plus have supported local sporting teams previously with Kevin being an ex-President and the current treasurer of St. Neots Rugby club.

Premier Plus are a long established Independent Financial Advisers based in St. Neots with six specialist mortgage advisers and six investment and pension specialists of which I am one.  Kevin and Premier Plus have agreed to become a business partner and will offer a free Will to any supporter, player and back room staff at the club, including the youth set up.  If this then results in Premier Plus generating any other business 10% of our initial earnings will be donated to the club and it is hoped that this will generate an additional income stream for the club to use in supporting the whole structure, not just the first team.   

             Gary Wilson DipPFS  

   Independent Financial Advisor

                Premier Plus Ltd

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  To take advantage of this offer please either let me know or contact Premier Plus on 01480 477774.  

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