Popular stalwart Mike Tomlinson is the new president of Matlock Town FC in succession to the late Cliff Britland, after the appointment was confirmed at the club’s Annual General Meeting, held in the Matlock Town Sports and Social Club on Monday night.
Tomlinson, 80, has been involved with the Gladiators since the late 1950s and had decided to call it a day as the club’s treasurer, with Jeremy Taylor administering the club’s finances since earlier this year.
But he was present to deliver his final financial report on Monday, which was a good one as the accounts showed a surplus of nearly £8,300 for the financial year ending May 31 2011.
After accepting the position, Tomlinson admitted that the offer came as a complete surprise to him.
“I’m speechless,” he said, and after a short break he quipped: “Does that mean I’m in charge?
“Of course I’m delighted and it’s a great honour and I honestly had no idea this was coming.
“I’ve seen both some very exciting times with the FA Trophy win and the Anglo-Italian tournament in the 1970s and some difficult years in my time as treasurer but we’ve always managed to run the club so as not to go into debt.
“I’d like to pay tribute to my fellow committee members over the years and I know that Jeremy will prove to be an excellent treasurer”.
Chairman Tom Wright said that it would be an ideal appointment.
“Mike Tomlinson is Matlock Town through and through, he’s put hours of valuable time into the running of the club and has been a great ambassador for the club and the town over many years.
“I’m sure this will be a very popular appointment with the supporters.”
The £8,300 surplus was reflected by the fact that income rose by approximately the same amount on the previous year.
Gate receipts showed a 50 per cent increase for league matches while sponsorship and advertising was roughly £8,000 up.
“It’s an encouraging report and shows what support we’ve had from a lot of firms and supporters particularly with the new development,” Tomlinson continued.
“Mark Atkins also deserves credit for sticking within his playing budget where £5,300 more was spent during the last campaign.”
n Matlock Town’s social club plays host to a gig by local acoustic band The Pitz this Saturday (October 22), playing sounds from The Beatles, Elvis and more. Members get in free, guests for £1 on the door.
See www.matlocktownfc.co.uk/social/ for more details.