EFL Long Service Award, ( Photo Attached of presentation from Ian Mather CUFC CEO)
I would like to thank the EFL for the recent Long Service Award that I received it came as a complete surprise. I can honestly say that the 43 years I have been at Cambridge United have flown by and it has given me the opportunity to look back at the roles I have covered in some form during that period and the awards I have been fortunate enough to have won.
Starting as the Head Groundsman in 1979 aged just 19 and at that time being the youngest ever Head Groundsman in the Football League was a dream job , some years later I was asked to take on the role of Stadium Manager as well as the Groundsman side of things which gave me a great deal more insight in to the safety role of the stadium. Then the chairman at the club Mr Reg Smart felt it was time for the club to have a safety officer that would cover match day organization and work with the local authorities, Football licencing Authority, SGSA & FSOA which was a role I covered for 30 years along with continuing to be Head Groundsman & Stadium Manager.
Yet one of the most enjoyable roles was to also be part of the commercial team selling advertising , room bookings etc and the highlight had to be selling the shirt sponsorship to Mick George Limited which continues today.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and volunteers I have worked with over the years and to all the companies who have donated thousands of pounds of materials/services and products to me which have helped to keep the stadium safe and looking smart for its age.
Ian Darler B.E.M