Barrow man rewarded for 45 years of service to Holker Old Boys

Joe Hagan-Duckersin People

A 73-year-old Barrow man has received an award after working as a volunteer for more than 45 years.

Allan Wilson with his Lancashire FA award

Allan Wilson has been presented with a long service award in recognition for his efforts at Barrow football club Holker Old Boys.

Starting in 1975, Allan has worked as assistant manager, secretary and chairman at the football club and still works today as their groundsman, using his own tractor and lawnmower to maintain the pitches.

A former coal delivery driver, Allan, admitted he was pleased to receive the award and revealed why he continued to volunteer at the club.

"I am absolutely elated to get this award," Allan said.

"I thoroughly enjoy cutting the grass and looking after the pitch. When you get other teams coming up from elsewhere like Liverpool and Manchester and saying how good our pitch is, then it's a pat on the back for me really."

Kevin Watkin, first team manager at Holker Old Boys, said: "Allan is very well-respected at the club.

"He literally lives and breathes the club. Everything goes through Allan on the ground and the effort he has put in has been absolutely unbelievable."

"Whether you ask me, the first team manager or the junior team managers, everyone will applaud Allan and be very grateful for him and, without him, we wouldn't have anywhere to play."

Additionally, Allan also works on Barrow AFC's Holker Street pitch during matchdays.

Throughout his time at Holker Old Boys, Allan highlighted that he has also had the pleasure of working with ex-Bluebirds including the likes of Lee O'Keefe, Johnny Martin and Neil Campbell.

Turning 74 this March, Allan has said he is now planning to reach the 50-year milestone at the club.

Allan added: "As long as my legs and arms will keep going, I will keep going!"

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