Glossop stalwart bows out at Surrey Street

After nearly 40 years in the job, Hillmen Club Secretary Peter Hammond has announced that he is stepping down from the role.

Peter has had decade’s long association with the Club and was appointed as Secretary in 1979. As a result and in rightful recognition of his long service he will become a Vice-President at Glossop North End. The Club still expects to see Peter at every game as usual, with the only difference being that he will have a little less to worry about now on match days!

Club Chairman Dave Atkinson was full of praise for Peter and said: “It’s quite simple really, without Peter and Peter Higginbottom from Davies Blank Furness we wouldn’t have a club.

“The work that the two of them did together in the Clubs darkest hours means that Surrey Street is still a football ground rather than a warehouse because, but for their efforts, we wouldn’t have been here. He’s seen the club through thick and thin, and much of it thin, I have nothing but admiration for him.”

Atkinson continued: “Peter is a one-in-a-million person for a club. He’s done pretty much every job here, including washing the kit and even picking the team. He is so meticulous; I think he still has all the players’ details on file somewhere - everyone who has signed for us in the time he’s been Secretary.

“Although he’s stepping down from the role, I’m pleased that he will still be around to offer his advice to us because I’m sure we’ll need it. To do a very time-consuming job for the Club whilst working full time has been extraordinary, and he’s built up a wealth of knowledge in that time.”

Following on from Peter stepping down, GNE are delighted that Lesley O’Donnell will be succeeding Peter in taking on the full secretary’s role, including a seat on the Board of Directors.

The Club wish to thank Peter for the years of dedication he has given to the Hillmen and acknowledge that to give the kind of voluntary time to a Club that he has is a huge commitment, and the Surrey Street club are extremely grateful to Peter for the thousands of hours over his 38 years he has spent at the Club.


Image courtesy of Glossop North End

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