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Poole Town FC vice-chairman honoured at Buckingham Palace football game
POOLE Town Football Club vice-chairman Chris Reeves has been honoured at Buckingham Palace for his contribution to grassroots football.
Chris and his wife, Julie, travelled to London this week, after the Football Association picked him as one of 150 ‘Grassroots Hero’ award recipients.
“I was extremely proud to be selected alongside 150 other recipients for this award.
“However, I’m just one of a big group of people that have worked so hard to get Poole Town FC to where it is today,” said Chris.
The FA 150th anniversary event also saw Buckingham Palace host its first ever official game between two amateur Sunday league sides.
Prince William, who presented Chris with his medal, took part in a training session alongside former England striker Michael Owen.
Before taking to the field the Prince said he was excited to be “playing football on my grandmother’s lawn.”
“One warning though,” he joked, “If anyone breaks a window you can answer to her.”
Poole Town FC has experienced huge highs and lows during its history.
“Our supporters never lost faith,” said Chris.
“Eventually we got the break to go to our existing home at Tatnam and we’ve spent upwards of £250,000 over the past 12 years turning it into what it is today.
“At our lowest ebb, on a public pitch with a rope around it – and I’m talking about a team that played at Goodison Park against Everton in the third round of the FA Cup a few years earlier – I was being handed season ticket cheques by old age pensioners.
“Now we’re back at the highest level outside the professional game. This is sport at its purest.”
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