Vanarama National League North club Curzon Ashton are delighted to announce that their chairman Harry Twamley has been included on the New Year`s honours list.
Twamley, who is also one of the founders of Curzon Ashton, has been named as one of the public servants being honoured in 2017.
Harry, pictured above alongside his son Richard, will be receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM) for all of his hard work and dedication to Curzon Ashton from when he helped found the club as a church team when he was just 12 years old.
The medal will be presented to him at a ceremony at Manchester town hall in the early stages of the year and he will be invited down to Buckingham Palace for the royal garden party in the summer.
“I am very proud, but not only for myself,” a delighted Twamley said. “I think this is an honour for all of the volunteers who, over the years, have given their services to the club, with no financial compensation, completely voluntarily. They are just as responsible as me for where Curzon are today and how we had progressed.”
He added: “I am receiving this on behalf of a lot of people. I have been at the forefront of it, but it is a recognition of everyone, both past and present.
“There are a whole host of people I could mention – too many in fact – so I am proud to receive it on their behalf.”
Twamley has remained one of the prominent figures of Curzon Ashton Football Club since their formation in 1963.
Fifty-four years on, he remains as active as ever.
Recalling the growth of the club, he said: “I was 12 when I first started on the admin for the Sunday school club that we derived from. We just kept going and going; into a better youth league and then we became young men, so we said we would have a go at the men’s league.
“We won it, so we thought we would have a go at a higher league. And then we thought ‘let’s see if we can get our own ground’. It just carried on like that.
“We never thought ‘that’s our target’, eventually we just kept improving every year. At the moment, we have stepped up to the National League North division so we have to prove that we can compete in that and then look at stepping up, see if we can have a go at another level!”