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Tony Williams – Well-Deserved Award

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Tony Williams was one of the 150 people who received a medal presented by Prince William at Buckingham Palace on….

….Monday for services to non-League football as part of the 150th Anniversary of the FA and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient.

Tony has been involved on non-League football in many ways or many years, including ten years with Hungerford Town in various capacities, including manager as well as playing for the likes of the RAF, Hereford United and Corinthian-Casuals.

He is better-known to many in the game for his involvement in the Rothmans sponsorship of the Hellenic, Isthmian, Northern and Western Leagues, and for founding the Non-League Club Directory whose 36th edition has recently been published, and the non-League magazine Team Talk as well as being a director of Yeovil Town for a number of years.

I was fortunate enough to have worked with Tony for many years, firstly as a contributor to the Directory and then taking over from him as editor of Team Talk in 1992.

One of Tony`s real passions is the England semi-pro side, now England `C`.

Had it not been for his perseverance with the FA at certain times, then I`m sure the team would not have continued.

His other passion in non-League football is the FA Vase and I can`t remember a time when he has missed a game in any round somewhere in the country.

Living in North Curry near Taunton means that most games for Tony are long distances, but that has never prevented him from travelling many miles to watch a game.

Everyone who received one of the awards were fully deserved, but I was so, so pleased that Tony finally got a little recognition for his passion – non-League football.

Steve Whitney

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