BFA honour soccer stalwarts

Additions to Bermuda Football Association's list of Honorary Vice-Presidents were announced on Wednesday night at Government House when the BFA held an awards ceremony to recognise those who have made long and significant contributions to football.

The BFA constitution allows for the appointment of a maximum of nine Honorary Vice-Presidents and any number of Honorary Life Vice-Presidents. and joining the list were immediate past president Neville Tyrrell, Leroy (Nibs) Lewis, Carlton (Pepe) Dill and Earl (Gabby) Hart, all of whom have served the sport for many years in various capacities.


Additions to Bermuda Football Association's list of Honorary Vice-Presidents were announced on Wednesday night at Government House when the BFA held an awards ceremony to recognise those who have made long and significant contributions to football.

The BFA constitution allows for the appointment of a maximum of nine Honorary Vice-Presidents and any number of Honorary Life Vice-Presidents. and joining the list were immediate past president Neville Tyrrell, Leroy (Nibs) Lewis, Carlton (Pepe) Dill and Earl (Gabby) Hart, all of whom have served the sport for many years in various capacities.

They join Reginald Pearman, Calvin (Bummy) Symonds, Louis Mowbray and Elroy Ratteray and Richard Thompson as Honorary Vice-Presidents.

The award read: "The Bermuda Football Association salutes our Honorary Vice-Presidents for many years of dedication to football; for supporting the development and promotion of football; for serving Bermuda with pride and distinction in the realm of football; for being a positive role model through football."

Hosted by Governor, Thorold Masefield, who had the title of Honorary President bestowed upon him, the special awards ceremony also recognised four new inductees to the Honorary Life Vice-Presidents. They are former BFA presidents Charles Marshall and Donald Dane who along with Kenneth Richardson and Carlyle Crockwell were previously Honorary Vice-Presidents.

The Honorary Life Vice-President list already contains the likes of Reuben Alias, Eugene Blakeney, Calvin Smith, Dr. Gerard Bean, Reginald Burrows, Sir John Plowman, Walter Roberts and Austin Woods.

BFA general secretary David Sabir paid tribute to all the Honorary Vice-Presidents for what they have contributed to football.

"It was an absolutely wonderful evening of celebration in honouring the gentlemen who have put so much time, dedication and commitment into football," said Sabir.

"They have been pioneers in the overall development and organisation of football in Bermuda and it is to these gentlemen that we have to be extremely thankful and grateful that we still have a Bermuda Football Association and a sport to which young and old people can still enjoy in some form, either playing, watching or administrating.

"It was unbelievable listening to the experience and the roads travelled, not only in football but the Bermuda community at large. All of these gentlemen have had had a significant impact on Bermuda for which I think we should all be thankful and grateful."

Governor Masefield was also recognised for his support of local football. "We expressed gratitude for all he had done especially in light of the fact that he is going to be departing Bermuda very shortly," said Sabir. "We thought it was only fitting that on this occasion the executives and the Bermuda Football Association family paid tribute to the support he has given over the years to football."

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