John (L) pictured with his guest Garry Ward (R) at the presentation event, admiring some well known Trophies
The Club congratulates John O’Hara on receiving a long service award at Hampshire Football Association Grassroots Football Awards held at Southampton FC last Saturday evening.
This was long overdue recognition for John’s outstanding contribution to football in Farnborough as both a player and volunteer.
John began his involvement in senior football in 1958 when he joined South Farnborough FC as a player and continued subsequently with Farnborough AFC. When the latter became defunct he became a member of the steering committee which led to the foundation of Farnborough Town FC and they were to play their first competitive match in August 1968.
Since that time, John has held many positions within the club commencing as a player until injury forced retirement in 1972. He was then appointed ‘sponge man’ and carried out this role for the next 10 years alongside player coaching.
In 1982 John’s role became ‘off-field’ and he embarked on a long and renowned career involving many aspects of the club which endure to this day. Initially he served as a committee member of Farnborough Town FC but over the years this extended to washing kit, assistant groundsman, ground maintenance, matchday duties, etc. All John’s duties were carried out voluntary and in recognition of his valuable service he was granted a Founder and Life Membership Award by the club in 1993.
When Farnborough FC was formed in 2007 John continued with many of his previous duties and has attended nearly all matches home and away as a club official.
In 2013, the club offered further recognition of his dedication by naming a stand after him. This proved to be a very proud moment.
John has always had the club at heart and these days can be found in the Platinum Lounge on matchdays generally hosting and giving out programmes and teamsheets to officials and guests.
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