14th Nov, 2018

Fairfield Villa stalwart honoured for his 50-year service

Craig Gibbons 12th Sep, 2018 Updated: 12th Sep, 2018

FAIRFIELD Villa stalwart Charlie Harris has been recognised for his 50-year service to the Midland League Division Two club.

Colin Waldron, from the Worcestershire FA, was on hand to present Charlie with a brass plaque in honour of his loyal service.

Charlie began playing for the club as an 18-year-old and continued until a knee injury 20 years later curtailed his playing days.

Despite this, he continued to be involved with the club he loved and became the team manager before taking on the role of secretary and treasurer.

Charlie has seen many changes during his time with the Recreation Ground club, witnessing its growth from humble beginnings when the players had to change in an old chicken shed.

Fairfield vice-chairman Paul Oakes said: “Charlie is a very well respected and much loved personality within the local non-League football scene and he has forged tremendous links within the local community and fully deserves this accolade.

“We are very grateful to him for his commitment and look forward to many more years.”

Meanwhile, Fairfield kept up their positive start in the league with a 2-2 draw at home to full-time side Moors Academy last Saturday.

Dan Wilkes had put Fairfield ahead in the 15th minute before two goals in nine minutes from Jordan Clarke gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at the break.

Moors looked like they were going to collect all three points until Connor Collins dispatched a penalty in the second minute of second half stoppage time to ensure the spoils were shared.

Fairfield travel to Lane Head on Saturday for a Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup encounter.

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