Romans Hall of Fame

 

Gilbert Egerton

 
Gilbert Egerton first joined Rocester Football Club as a player in 1953, however after just three years representing the club out on the pitch he decided to hang up his boots and take up some responsibilities behind the scenes. He was duly elected onto the committee in 1956 before becoming club secretary in 1958, a position he has held to this day.

Along with his great friend Ken Green, Gilbert kept the club going through some tough times during the 1960s and 1970s, his loyalty and devotion to the club knowing no bounds. In days gone by, before the club had a proper ground and clubhouse, he would regularly be seen cutting the grass on the old pitch with a hand mower, hand-washing the kit and even removing cow pats from the pitch just before kick off!

In more recent years, whether it be completing the numerous forms and paperwork directed at him, entertaining visiting F.A., League or Club Officials, marking the pitch, cleaning out the dressing rooms or making the tea, Gil has continued to carry out his 'work' with the same enthusiasm, and in his quiet unassuming way.

As well as seeing the club through many lean years, Gil has played his part in, and enjoyed, some great times at Rocester - particularly during the mid-1980s and early 90s when the team won several league championships and cups, moved into the current ground and progressed from playing in local county level leagues into a widely respected semi-professional club. These were exciting times for Rocester, and Gilbert's expertise and experience in football administration proved invaluable throughout.

Gilbert has not only made a huge contribution to Rocester Football Club; he also served on the management committee of the Staffs County League for ten years in the 70s, he was secretary of the Uttoxeter Sunday League for four years alongside Chairman Ken Green, and he was on the Uttoxeter Challenge Cup committee for fourteen years. He was also amongst those involved in the now highly successful Uttoxeter & District Sunday League being originally formed many years ago.

With over fifty years of dedicated service to the club under his belt, Gilbert is truly deserving of being the first entry into the Romans Hall of Fame.