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Stand tribute for former chairman and president

22nd September, 2020

A stand at Thackley's Dennyfield ground will be renamed the Mike Smith Stand in honour of their former chairman and president who passed away last December.

A statement released on the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side's website announced the tribute to a man who had held a number of roles at the club over many years.

It said: "Mike's commitment to the club and charitable causes in the local community was monumental and he continuously raised money for charities including the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity, Help for Heroes and Manorlands Hospice.

"He was instrumental in the club's initiative in 2011 to team up with club sponsor Specsavers to donate spectacles to the Gambia Schools Trust, which the trust said made an enormous difference to the people in that country.

"He received a nomination as 'Community Champion' in the 2012 Community Stars awards, in recognition for his charity work and efforts in organising Thackley's celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

"The club wanted to show its gratitude to Mike and ensure that his legacy was remembered, and has therefore chosen to rename the Main Stand, which will now be known as 'The Mike Smith Stand' in his honour.

"There will be a small private ceremony to formally mark the renaming of the stand in due course for club officials and Mike's family."

(Story Source: Thackley)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Yorkshire Amateur 11 29 27
P 2 Bridlington Town 9 21 24
P 3 Liversedge 7 21 22
4 Garforth Town 9 21 10
5 Maltby Main 10 18 6
6 AFC Mansfield 9 17 17
7 Handsworth 12 17 -3
8 Grimsby Borough 10 16 6
9 Barton Town 11 14 -9
10 Albion Sports 9 13 0
11 Eccleshill United 11 13 -4
12 Penistone Church 7 12 6
13 Hemsworth MW 7 12 3
14 Goole AFC 11 11 -21
15 Silsden AFC 10 10 -6
16 Thackley 11 8 -11
17 Staveley MW 6 7 -1
18 Knaresborough 9 7 -9
19 Bottesford Town 11 4 -24
20 Athersley Rec 10 3 -33
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Emley AFC 10 26 18
2 Campion 11 24 17
P 3 Winterton Rangers 9 22 23
4 North Ferriby 10 22 11
5 Retford FC 13 21 6
6 Brigg Town 11 20 13
7 Rossington Main 12 18 5
P 8 Skegness Town 8 16 5
9 Parkgate 10 16 -2
10 Hall Road Rangers 10 14 -3
11 Hallam 8 13 4
12 Nostell MW 12 12 -8
13 Glasshoughton Welf 12 11 1
14 Armthorpe Welfare 12 11 -14
15 Swallownest 8 10 -1
16 Dronfield Town 11 10 -11
17 Harrogate Railway Ath 8 9 -9
18 FC Humber United 10 7 -23
19 Worsbrough Bridge 13 6 -21
20 Selby Town 6 3 -11

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