Received in response to the sad announcement earlier this week
I’m genuinely saddened to hear of Dave King’s passing. Horrible news; I always found him to be such a lovely fella. Please pass on mine and Sandra’s condolences. He was a gentleman, a great servant to the league and very much appreciated by myself and Sandra. His work in organising the league dinners was fantastic and it was always good to see him at Chorltonians. I’ll miss having a pint and a chat with him. Tony McNicholls, Chorltonians FC
Just seen the sad news regarding Dave. Your tributes to him in the email were obviously very heartfelt. I have fond memories of Dave from your visits to Parrswood games, I recall he liked the odd cigar. Steve Taylor, Parrswood Celtic FC.
So sorry to read the obituary for Dave King – I can only endorse all the acknowledgements and compliments for him. Dave was always so warm and friendly whenever I spoke with him at meetings, matches and presentations of course which he organised superbly. Our members will be sad to hear of his passing so on behalf of all who knew him at Rochdalians our condolences to his family and friends. Mark Wilson, Rochdalians A F C.
Nice tribute, Dave Jameson Spurley Hey FC
Just read about Dave King. Sad news. A really nice fella who worked hard for the league and football in general. A random memory I have is from the league dinners some years back (at Edgeley Park). I remember him wondering around chatting with people followed by big puffs of cigar smoke which he kept wafting away when they built up too much. A strange memory – but one that makes me smile nonetheless. Sorry for your loss gents & take care. Jack Norbury Govan Athletic Football Club.
My sadness about the news of Dave King, who always had time for a chat, I thought he was one of the really nice guys. Please pass on the thoughts of our club to Dave’s family. Peter Bird AFC Oldham.
That’s terrible news, I always remember Dave with great affection. I never thought the last time I would see him would be meeting him in Urmston to hand a trophy back, lovely man. Phil Bower Irlam Steel.
A Tribute to Jim Edmondson
By Keith Marsden
In the 1980’s we were frequently short of referees and so Jim, who was the League’s Referees Secretary, would often call on me to fill in at my club Bedians. The phone would go on Saturday morning, my daughter would answer it and then shout “It’s for you, Dad. It’s that man with the laugh” and I knew it was Jim. A very appropriate description of a lovely man.
His work as Referees Secretary was nothing short of amazing as there was no software to help him, no Internet, no email. He and his wife Margaret used to spend lots of hours on a Sunday assigning referees to matches and then handwriting postcards to all the referees and clubs informing them of the next Saturday’s appointments. His phone line was extremely busy too but there was never anything other than a cheerful answer, no matter what problem he was confronted with. Jim also kept huge ledgers recording the details of all the appointments and the marks awarded to referees for every game. These are now stored with the League’s historical records in Stockport Heritage Library.
Jim was my predecessor as League Chairman and once told me that he would be glad when I took over as he regarded himself as a “backroom boy”. That is a complete understatement and Stoconians know only too well of his immense contribution over so many years. His pots of tea at Hillcrest Road were legendary and he was a regular attendee at the Annual Dinner well into his nineties. “The man with the laugh” will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Well known by all the current league committee and many club officials, Jim was an outstanding, dedicated servant to both club and league, and his legacy are the many successors following him to keep this wonderful game thriving.
We have posted this announcement this evening. The details have been made public in the Stockport Express today.
Jim Edmondson – R.I.P.
Stoconians FC are sad to announce the death of our Life President Jim Edmondson who passed away peacefully on 27th September 2020 aged 97.
Jim, affectionally known as “Mr Stoconian” has been involved with the club as a player, Secretary, Chairman, President and our first ever Life President. Jim is renowned for his famous after match cup of tea until his “retirement” at 90 years young.
Jim was involved with the L&C Committee as League President 1975-76, Vice Chairman 1990-95, Chairman 1995-97 and served around 20 seasons as Referee’s Secretary.
Jim’s funeral will be held at St Paul’s Church, Heaton Moor at 2.00pm on 12th October 2020 and is by invitation only. The family have asked for donations in Jim’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Society via https://www.memorygiving.com/jamesedmondson
The club wish to express our condolences to the family.
Rest In Peace Jim
Mark Cavanagh, Chairman, Stoconians FC
Hooley Bridge Celtic, based in Heywood, are on the lookout for new players. If you are interested, please contact Alex Gill on 07887367160.
The league will act as a publisher for Club’s friendly requests, please supply your script for dates etc and email and mobile phone details :-
Village Manchester have this weekend (19th) open. I have a pitch booked for 10AM, was wondering if you would like to have a friendly against us? Let me know, Thank you Fernando Martins Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 07380207870
South Manchester (Reserve team) are looking for friendlies on September 19th. Our home pitch is unavailable (getting some much needed maintenance) so we have to play away. Please contact Mark Chadwick on 07980 005492
Dukinfield Athletic Reserves are looking for an away friendly on September 19th ideally from Div A or below. Anyone interested Should contact myself directly. Steve Limb Tel: 07837 992720
Rochdale Galaxy are looking for friendlies with teams in Div B,C who have their own facilities please. Contact Sabar Ansari on Mobile/Text: 07966 166587. All dates available.
Salford Vics are looking for friendly games for both the 1st and 2nd teams (placed in Prem and Div 3 last season). Unfortunately Salford Sports Village’s new pitch hasn’t been laid yet so we would have to play away, we are happy to split the costs. Phone Chris Carney on 07956 106564