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Penryn Athletic FC celebrates 50 years of football: PICTURES
10:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
Players past and present gathered for Penryn Athletic's fiftieth anniversary bash at its Kernick Road clubhouse on Saturday night, with founders Anthony Retallack, Mike Young and Peter Young receiving awards from the Cornwall FA for their services to football.
The trio formed Penryn Athletic when they were still schoolboys back in 1963, and fifty years later it has grown into one of the county's most respected and successful clubs, with teams competing in the Peninsula League, Jolly's Combination League and Trelawny League.
Penryn Athletic club president Kenny Simmons made the presentations in front of a packed audience, and paid tribute to the work done by not just Mike, Peter and Tony, but a whole host of volunteers over the years.
Mike also read out a letter of congratulations from MTV Hesedorf, a football club in Germany with whom Penryn struck up a friendship in the 1970s.
After the presentations, Mike said: “It was a fine turnout, and Kenny did a very good job. I got a bit choked up when I read out the letter from my mate Rolf at MTV Hesedorf.
“We went over there in 1970, then had them back here and thought that was it. I sent Rolf a letter saying any time you're back in Cornwall you can come and see me, and three weeks later he was here. He's come every year since.”
Mike went on to thank some of the club's recent volunteers, reserving special praise for Sue and Andy Stivey, and long-time servant of Penryn Athletic, Alan Edney.
“There are some real pillars at the club who we couldn't operate without. We've got Sue and Andy Stivey who do so much work behind the scenes, and there's Alan Edney - I couldn't do the second team without him. He's run the line at Penryn for 30 years in over 900 matches.
"And then there's the club president Kenny Simmons and his son Mark, who clean the changing rooms after every match and sell raffle tickets. There are people I'm sure I've missed out thanking, but we're very grateful for all the help we get."
Speaking about Athletic's long history in Cornish football, Mike added: "I'd like to think we've been a good influence on all of the leagues we've been involved in over the years. I told people it's not the finishing line, it's just a line in the sand. There are no loose ends now, and I've already told Mark Simmons [Kenny's son] that he has to organise the 75th anniversary."
Congratulations to Penryn Athletic from the Packet. Here's to another 50 years.
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