- NEXT LEAGUE MEETING APRIL 7TH 2015, 7;30 pm AT DALE TAVERN
League Secretary and Treasurer
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The early school years of George's sports career saw him top the athletes table in East Yorkshire which was followed up with becoming one of the York Schools leading Sportsmen in several fields.
With a range of involvement in football, cricket and athletics in the 1950s travel to events led to cycling from home into York to take part with progression into the cycling club. Also organising the local village lads into a football team taking on other village sides soon became the norm and many happy Saturday' s were filled with numerous hours of football. On going to York Technical College the opportunity arose to help run the team and learn the organisation details.
On leaving full time education and joining Senior Sporting activities he found ample opportunity to play football and cricket along with giving assistance in running the activities.
By the age of twenty two and taking up residence in London, George had developed the Management skills in fixture organisation and team captaincy. With a transfer in job prospects to Bristol the opportunity to also take on Secretarial duties of a Club was accepted which for the next six years became a rewarding and exciting period. The final Season before moving back to Yorkshire in 1972 was particulary good with the club achieving high standards and the Bristol Suburban Football League recognising George's excellent secretarial work with the award of the prestigious HSS Medal for Division One.
On return to Yorkshire in1972 George joined back up with his old team in the Selby area and took on the Captain's role. Nearing the end of his football playing career one of his newly made friends offered the opportunity to take on the secretarial duties of the Charles Rice JFL. Following a meeting in Selby with the Committee Members he was appointed at the AGM of the League. Two months of hard work followed to get on board more teams and increase the size of the U13 and U15 Divisions. The League at this point had not been Affilliated and in conjunction with the Barkston Ash District FA Secretary a Meeting was arranged with the West Riding CFA to put in place the necessary documentation. The League Rules were updated and presented for approval and the teams for each age group doubled for the new season ahead.
The next thirty seven seasons saw the massive influx of teams from East, West and South Yorkshire which has led to the formation of twenty eight divisions in age groups from U7s to U18s.
Following taking on the Junior FL secretarial work it was natural progression to join the District FA and as a Member took on the Minor Team Managers role along with being the Barkston Ash District FA representative on the West Riding County FA.
During this period as Vice Chairman of Selby Town and second team manager it was found necessary to slim down activities due to the increase in membership of the Junior FL. The duties as Vice Chairman of the Works Sports Club, Cricket captain and football fixture organiser were slowly relinquished.
Since Year 2000 several awards for service have been made by the Football Association, the West Riding CFA, Barkston Ash FA, Selby Sports Council and the Charles Rice JFL.
George enters his thirty eighth term as Charles Rice JFL Secretary this 2012 - 2013 Season and is again looking forward to some top class football from a wide range of age groups.