Award for 40 years service to grass-roots football

A long-serving grass-roots football club secretary has received a long-service award after dedicating over 40 years as Secretary to Queens Park FC.

Tommy Dunne received his FA long service award which was presented on Sunday. Tommy first started watching the Queens at an early age when they played in the Liverpool Sunday League. Living across the road in Vittoria Street, he used public transport from outside The Queens Hotel on Sunday mornings come rain or shine to watch their games.

In 1970 he joined the Queens Park Committee, serving over the years with committee members. Tommy became the Secretary in 1982 and under his administration, the club has won 14 Premier Division titles, eight Challenge Cups, and nine Premier (now the Veronica Conway) Cups. This is in addition to winning the Wirral District Cup on seven occasions as well as the Cheshire CFA Sunday Cup on eight occasions.

His ability as Secretary was further recognised when being awarded the Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday League Secretary of Year on two occasions, an achievement that has only been replicated by one other since the League was formed. Tommy is a quiet, unassuming man, but highly respected by those in the game and who have the privilege to know or have met him.

In his presentation speech that was made by The Chairman of Cheshire County Football Association Mr David Edmunds said that he must be the longest serving club secretary ever in Sunday Football

A spokesperson for The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday League offered “sincere congratulations on the recognition by The Football Association in awarding him with this meritorious award.”

Image: Chairman of Cheshire FA Mr David Edmunds (R) presenting Tommy Dunne (L) with his Long Service award.

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