Our 2016 AGM saw Bob Hodgson signing off as Society President after serving the Sunderland branch as President for 40 years. Chairman Geoff Eltringham presented Bob with a certificate and glassware to commemorate his forty years service as President. Members were appreciative of the service Bob has given to the Sunderland branch and showed their appreciation with a standing ovation – thanks Bob. Former Chairman and Vice President George Tyson was elected President in place of Bob who has now taken up the mantle of Immediate Past President.
On the same evening our 2016 Referee of the Year award went to Karl Barron who in his first season refereeing in open age football was appointed assistant referee in the Shipowners Cup Final, Sunderland Sunday League Cup Final, 4th official in the Durham Alliance Cup Final and Referee in a Durham County Youth Cup Final. In addition to that Karl was promoted from level 7 to level 6 and has been recommended for FA Core Tier 1. I think we could say a successful year for Karl so well done and how proud we are of you Karl.