After serving the Club for more than 20 years in roles as diverse as Chairman, Manager, Secretary and Groundsman, Martin Eede has stepped down
It is with a heavy heart that Martin Eede steps down from an active Boardroom role at Champion Hill, having been part of the furniture in there for decades, following a retirement move down to Wiltshire a couple of years ago.
Martin himself explained “I’ve been involved with football all of my adult life, as a player, manager, administrator & more. But in truth I’m not getting any younger and the long train journeys up from the West Country are becoming a little too much for me. I’ve loved being involved at Dulwich Hamlet, and have always given one hundred per cent no matter what role I’ve been in, but the workload is also becoming harder in the modern electronic age, so I feel it’s time to stand down as Club Secretary.”
He has been a stalwart of Champion Hill almost since the current ground opened in the early Nineties, being invited by then Football Club owner, Steve Dye senior, to make the switch from Molesey to The Hamlet.
In those years there are not many roles that he has not filled…be it Chairman, manager, kit man, groundsperson, chief executive….general dogsbody-because nobody else would!-and so much more. In fact there’s not much at Champion Hill down the years, when something has needed to be done, that he hasn’t turned his hand to.
And now, in retirement, there is a new role for him. Football Club Committee Chairman Liam Hickey explains “It was our monthly Committee meeting on Thursday, which also doubles up as our Annual General Meeting. This is where Martin officially stood down and I was honoured, alongside the rest of my Committee who backed it unanimously, to propose that Martin become the Honorary Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Vice-President. The very least we could do to a man who has selflessly devoted so much service to our Club. “
He continued “Martin is welcome in the Boardroom at any time, he doesn’t even have to ask or knock at the door! Having just completed my first season as Chair I shall always be indebted to him for the valuable advice and experience he has offered me, in supporting me in this role.”
Martin himself humbly concluded “To be honest I was just looking to go away quietly, perhaps coming back to a game once a month or so, when I can afford to now that I’m fully retired and an old age pensioner. Locally, down my way, I will take in a few matches at the likes of Frome Town, Weston Super Mare and so on. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be honoured by being offered the role of Dulwich Hamlet Vice-President. It’s a privilege to be asked, and I am extremely humbled and proud to accept.”
Source: Dulwich Hamlet