Two stalwarts of Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs club have been awarded Life Memberships to recognise their contributions to the club.
Andy Robertson (left) and Jim Marsh (right) joined the Lilywhites honours list when fellow members acknowledged their achievements at the club’s latest Annual General Meeting.
Announcing the news on their club website, the club said both had made significant contributions.
Andy Robertson played for the club at junior and youth levels and “even during the dark dark days of the late ’80s and early ’90s” he and brother Grant (also a Life Member) attended and supported the Lilywhites in Division 3.
Robertson, whose family has been involved with Suburbs for 60 years, had helped the club’s executive board move its communications in the 21st century and his work on the club’s National League application had been vital, the club said.
Jim Marsh, current club captain, player and executive board member, first joined the club 20 years ago, quickly becoming player/coach of one of the top senior men’s teams and under his leadership, they won many league titles.
“The success hasn’t let up with leading his teams through the age groups 30s, 35s, 40s and currently over 45s, again winning his league this season. Jim is the most successful player/coach in the club’s history,” the club said.
Marsh had helped secure sponsorship deals, some of which remained in partnership with the club today, and had contributed hugely through his engineering firm in undertaking club projects at no charge.
“His generosity to the club and its members has not gone unnoticed. On the pitch, Jim has clear talent, honed over years of top-flight football, a calm leader on the pitch and much loved and respected off the field.”