We have decided that the Vanarama Volunteer Of the Month awards are so important that they deserve a stand-alone article of their own!
Thanks to our title sponsors, we have been able to honour the great at the good of the game for years.
Giving deserved recognition to those who give up their time just for the love of their club, we’re thrilled to be able to bring their stories to life.
Many fans will tell you they judge a day at the football by the first face they see on the gate – and also the first voice they hear when they get through the turnstiles.
Rob Havercroft has provided the soundtrack to York City’s season for a number of years, the stadium announcer getting the tone right in both the club’s old and new home.
A part of the club’s ever-expanding volunteer army, the popular character’s voice can always be heard booming around the LNER Community Stadium announcing the day’s teams, goals and greetings.
Rob is a constant source of trivia on the day’s opponents, with a memory stretching back decades on all manner of facts about the Minstermen.
Just as important, he is also known for singing his trademark ‘dooby-dooby-doo’ tune as he dishes out the teamsheets!
Thanks to social media’s explosion, a good picture is now worth so much more than a thousand words.
We live in a world now where fans don’t want to just watch and read about their club, they need great shots of the action as well!
While a good photographer costs, Hungerford Town have one who does it just because he cares.
Jeff Youd is now in his third season at Bulpit Lane, uses all his own expensive equipment pitchside, and also travels to away matches too.
We are told he often spends six hours editing and always provides the club with unlimited access to all his brilliant shots.
He is loved by the fans and the players – especially when he gets the photos they all want after a goal has gone in to make a Saturday night go with a swing!
Football is also about building relationships – as Farsley Celtic know full well.
Caroline Harriman is doing just that after taking on a number of roles such as assistant club secretary and club welfare officer.
So good is she at her job that she has taken 15-year-old Emily under her wing after being told she dreams of one day working in football.
Farsley say she is one of Non-League football’s unsung heroes and fully deserves a lot of credit for the hours she dedicates to the club.
Well done to our deserving trio of volunteers!
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