The new L & C season is almost upon us, and there will be a significant difference from the 2021/22 season, as League Secretary Brian Davies has retired from the role he’s served with distinction for 14 years.
Brian took up the position in time for the start of the 2008/09 season, replacing John Howard. His tenure in one of the most all-encompassing jobs on the L & C Committee has resulted in some of the most revolutionary changes in the league and its communications with our clubs.
During this time, Brian led the introduction of more streamlined administration of league functions, providing a greater emphasis on the use of technology, making the administrative tasks of club secretaries easier than had previously been possible.
Brian was well placed to oversee this change given his vast experience of football administration; having initially started playing for Stoconions in the 1970s, Brian made the move to Chorltonians in 1983 and in that time, he held several positions at the club, where he was Chairman, giving a solid grounding of all matters relating to league administration.
It’s fair to say that his period as League Secretary has thrown up some of the most unprecedented challenges seen in the league’s history. The Covid pandemic threw up significant difficulties in ensuring the league continued, along with communication, and games were able to be fulfilled in a safe environment. Brian also used this opportunity to champion the use of remote meetings which again resulted in greater and more streamlined communication.
At a time where the threats to amateur football participation have never been more pronounced, with the advent of more TV games and other work commitments, under Brian’s tenure, the league has gone from strength to strength, with eight divisions and he leaves his role as Secretary with the L & C in great shape.
The diligence with which Brian has undertaken his role is no surprise considering his long affiliation with the beautiful game. As well as his amateur playing and administrative responsibilities, he continued to play 6-a-side up until his mid-60s, surpassing an initial ambition to play to the age of 60.
As a Level 2-qualified FA Coach, Brian has been at the forefront of promoting women’s football, having previously managed Stockport county ladies under 14s team, taking them all the way up to open age and the Reserve team. His dedication to this role will surprise nobody who has dealt with him as League Secretary. Not only did he coach that team, he also organised referees for the game, ran the line when called upon, washed kits, hired and drove the minibus to games, and put the nets up – as well as the primary function of coaching the team, which yielded league and cup glory.
Although we are sad to see Brian step down, we are eternally grateful for all his achievements in his 14 years as League Secretary and are pleased to announce he will be staying on the Committee, assisting the new Secretary who, as coincidence would have it, is Stephen Howard, son of John, who Brian succeeded in the role.
For a transition period, Brian will take up the role of Assistant Secretary, providing valuable experience as the L & C moves forward into the new season.
We wish Brian all the best for the future!