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Groundsman nets county award

By Warwick Lane

A groundsman involved in football for more than 60 years has won a county award.

Gerry Williams, head groundsman at Collingham’s Station Road base, received several nominations for Nottinghamshire FA Groundsman Of The Year.

He has now been put forward for the national title.

"Reading comments about how people appreciate the work you put into the ground is very nice," Williams said.

"It is hard work, especially with the number of matches we have on these pitches, but I would not be doing it if I did not enjoy it."

Both Collingham and Newark Town play home games at Station Road in the Central Midlands League North.

The ground also hosts Newark Alliance football and multiple youth teams.

Around 90 matches have been played there this season.

Ricky Stevenson, business development manager at the Nottinghamshire FA, said: "The weather has been unprecedented and it is people like Gerry who help keep football being played.

"He is one of those who work incredibly hard behind the scenes. He thoroughly deserves to be recognised."

Williams won a Kombi line-marker and Super C paint from sponsors Fleet Line Markers.


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