Many in the Hellenic family will by now have heard that Steve Giles, long serving committee member and former club secretary of Headington Amateurs, passed away early on Saturday morning 5th December, at the age of sixty.
Steve had been fighting renal cancer, our thoughts and love go out to wife Jackie & family. Steve was secretary at Morris Motors from 1984 having previously been with Pressed Steel & with the demise of these ‘works’ teams Steve joined Headington Amateurs when they replaced Morris Motors in the Hellenic League in 1988. Initially fixtures secretary he took over as club secretary, remaining in that post until 2009. He then continued as a committee member making it thirty two years with the club, rarely missing a home game, taking in many of the away games. Steve was also secretary at Oxford Sunday League club Horspath Road.
As well as secretary to Headington Steve was also the secretary for the Phoenix Sports Association, the joint committee for Headington Amateurs and Barton United. He was heavily involved in all the work over many years as the clubs moved ‘away’ from & back to Barton Park as the new housing development there incorporated a new ground and clubhouse.
Nominally secretary, like volunteers everywhere Steve did most jobs, mini-bus driver (the team were never late when Steve was driving!) kit man, changing rooms cleaner & fiercely ‘protective’ of match balls. As an administrator Steve was as much a true football man as any player but it is as a friend that we will remember him most fondly.
A minute silence was held before Saturday's Headington Amateurs Ladies game and a minutes silence will be observed before next Saturdays Hellenic League match (14:00) at Barton Park.