Club official David Pyke, who this week won a national award for his contribution to grassroots football, today modestly declared: “I’m part of a team.”
As well as being secretary of Consett AFC since 2007, Dave has been involved with Consett Juniors since 1994.
But he was stunned to hear this week that he has been named Volunteer of the Year for Durham County in the Grassroots Football Awards run by The FA in conjunction with McDonald’s.
And he was even more taken aback by the tide of congratulations which followed on Facebook and Twitter after we broke the news on the club website.
“It’s great to win an award, but the response on social media, kind words and sentiments blew me away. It was like being able to read your obituary, which won’t be due for a while yet, I hope.
“I would just like to say thank you to everyone. There are a lot of volunteers at Consett AFC and I hope this award helps recognise I’m one of a great team.
“The seeds of a community club were set at the old Belle Vue, with strong influences from John Hurst, Tommy Connelly, Andrew Pearson and Anthony Robson.
“Then along came Frank and Dianne Bell plus a new stadium and we’ve never looked back.
“Above all, it is a safe environment for young people to enjoy sport, stay active, meet people and make friends. Long may it continue.”