FA Award For Dennis - 11 June
Letcombe FC are proud to announce that their long serving chairman, Dennis Stock, received the meritorious award from the Berks & Bucks FA at a ceremony at MK Dons FC on Thursday 9 June.
Dennis (pictured) moved from the East End of London to Letcombe when he was 14 years old. He played for Childrey FC mens team for one season at the age of 15 before moving to Ardington FC for two years. He was called up for National Service in 1957, and joined the RAF. He then joined Wantage Town FC where he played for 18 years, often as a goalkeeper. With his wife Margaret, he raised funds and helped to found Wantage Town FC Social Club, and he also helped with the ground. On Sundays he played for Fawley Stud in the Newbury Sunday League, and he also ran the Wantage under 18 team for a few seasons.
He moved to Letcombe in 1976 to become player manager. At that time they were in Division 5 of the North Berks League, and he has been instrumental in their rise through the North Berks League to their present position in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West. He organised a `200 club` which raised money for a bar and an extension to the clubhouse with improved changing rooms. He and Margaret also spent many hours working tirelessly behind the bar, with all profits going to the club.
Dennis has been groundsman at Letcombe for over 20 years, and still spends many hours every week working on the pitch. He has been the club Chairman for a similar period of time, and even became reserve team manager for one season recently when nobody else would run the side. He always ensures that visiting teams and officials receive a warm welcome when they visit Letcombe, and the club has become renowned for its excellent hospitality.
It is only fitting that his enormous contribution to his `beloved Letcombe` has been recognised by the County FA.