A Fond Farewell To A True Gentleman

Guisborough Town were honoured to host Northern League VIP Mike Amos at his final league game this week as Chairman of the Northern League.

Mike, who is retiring this season after 20 years’ unstinting and highly distinguished service as head of the Northern League, has been something of a regular at the KGV this season (and others!) and Guisborough Town were delighted that he graced the club with his presence once again.

At half-time, Guisborough Town Chairman Don Cowan paid Mike generous praise, saying it had been a pleasure and a privilege to have known him and he paid tribute to his “incredible feat’ of being League Chairman over a stellar 20-year period.

He said the best of Mike’s many qualities was that he had “never forgotten where he came from” – right from his early involvement in the game of football when as a Gordon Banks ‘wannabe’ Mike had earned the nickname as the “Flying Pig” for his early talents as a goalkeeper!

Don said Mike had been a “wonderful ambassador” over the years for the Northern League and had spent many hours down at FA HQ fighting the Northern League’s corner and when Guisborough Town itself had a few problems a few years ago Mike came along and said simply and typically: “I’m here to help in any way I can!”

“This guy is an absolute credit to football,” declared Don.

 

In response, Mike said: “When I hear words like we’ve just heard from Don it starts to get me quite emotional which is unusual for me, so I will keep my reply brief!

“I greatly appreciate Don’s kind words, but, of course, there are so many other wonderful people who do so much for this great league of ours.

“It has been my pleasure and privilege to be here at the KGV Stadium tonight to watch my final game as Northern League Chairman – but I will still be around in years to come continuing to watch games in the league and I hope to bump into many of you again doing just that,” added Mike.

Photo: Northern League retiring Chairman Mike Amos (centre) flanked by Guisborough Town Chairman Don Cowan (left) and Marske United Commercial Manager Peter Collinson (right). Pic by Yvonne Barker.