Norman Jones, Secretary of Cresconians Football Club, has been awarded a long-service medal in recognition of his 50 years to grass roots football.
Norman joined Cresconians Football Club, which was formed in 1923 from old boys of Oldbury Grammar School, in 1962 as a goalkeeper and has been involved with the club ever since.
Following a serious injury at the age of 27 Norman retired from playing and concentrated on coaching and administrative duties.
He completed an FA coaching course in 1969 and became responsible for the club’s training regime - the club fielded four teams at that time.
His enthusiasm as a coach was soon recognised by the Birmingham and District Amateur Football Association and League, of which Cresconians have been members since its beginning, and he was appointed as coach to the league’s representative sides, a position that he held for 10 years. Then he was appointed to the selection committee for the League’s representative teams.
He has served Cresconians FC as a player, first team manager, coach, Chairman and Secretary and as the club’s representative to the Birmingham and District AFA, the latter two positions he holds to this day.
Norman has also served on the Birmingham and District AFA’s League Management Committee since 1995 and is currently Chairman of the League’s Finance Committee.
Norman is the second member of Cresconians FC to be awarded the FA’s long-service award after current Treasurer Mick Abrahams who received the accolade five years ago.
The award was made at Warley Sports Club in Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, where the club is based, by John Monnes, a Director of Birmingham County FA, who said the FA recognise as being the lifeblood of grass-roots football and without whom the sport would not enjoy the success and profile that it does.
Norman commented that he had thoroughly enjoyed his life in local football and had made many lifelong friends .
Although he conceded that financial constraints and other “distractions” enjoyed by youngsters these days made the administration of the club more difficult than in the past, he confirmed his willingness to continue as Secretary and was duly re-elected at the club’s AGM which followed the presentation.