Potter FC leaving Draycott

Sadly, after the best season in their history, Draycott Potter FC are having to find a new pitch – and the latest news that they will probably plump for one in Blythe Bridge.

As you may have noticed, both Draycott Potter and Tean Albion (who play on the same pitch, in Cresswell Old Lane) have both had to postpone recent matches in the Uttoxeter Sunday League.  This is because of the sudden decision by the farmer who owns their ground to suspend their lease.  The farmer wishes to dispose of the field differently.

It’s an especially big shame for Draycott’s chairman Brian Hilton who has spent a dozen years moulding that field into what is now a very playable football pitch.

By strange coincidence, the move has come just as Brian has decided to retire from Draycott Potter.  Brian has had some health problems admittedly, but – after twenty-one years running the club – he also feels it’s time to let someone else take over the reins!
John Giblin will take over – and we wish him the best of luck.

Brian and Colin celebrated

To mark Brian’s twenty-one years of selfless dedication, he had been nominated by Cllr Mark Deaville, on behalf of Draycot Parish Council, for the Staffordshire Sporting Volunteer Of The Year Award 2013.
At the same time, the Parish Council also nominated Colin Dawson, the equally dedicated chairman of Blythe Cricket Club.

Neither gentleman won the top award (though we think they should have!) – but each received a certificate noting their contributions.
The certificates were presented at the Draycott Parish Council meeting on May 20th.

Brian hilton and colin dawson

Brian Hilton (left) and Colin Dawson display their Sports Volunteer certificates

But will Brian give up his love of football altogether?  No, apparently not. He told us: “Wherever Draycott are playing next year, I shall be on the touch-line cheering them on!”
I wonder what his wife thinks about that? (!!)

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