Everyone at the club wholeheartedly congratulates Dave on this award.
Dave first played for Old Boltonians AFC aged 17 while in his last year at Bolton School before going to Durham University where he captained the St John's College and played for the University between 1967 and 1971. During the University holidays he played in the Bolton Combination for Christ Church and in the newly formed Bolton Sunday League for Christ Church as well as Old Boltonians.
From the 1971 season onwards he committed to playing for Old Boltonians in the Lancashire Amateur League and has continued that association ever since apart from two years with Old Smithillians from 1977-79. He was a member of the Old Boltonians side which won the LAL 1st Division in 1971-72 and the Old Smithillians team which won the LAL Premier Division in 1977-78.
While teaching between 1974 and 1986 Dave was in charge of the 1st XIs at Smithills Grammar School, Farnworth Grammar School and North Bolton Sixth Form College and acted as a selector for the Greater Manchester Schools U18 representative side. In addition he was Secretary and Treasurer of the Mackereth Cup Competition for Greater Manchester Schools 1st XIs from 1976 to 1993.
At the start of the 1972 season Dave was asked to "help mark out the pitches” at the Old Boltonians ground in Turton, and he has been their Grounds Manager ever since maintaining their pitches and being a major contributor to the rebuilding of their changing rooms in 2012.
Dave was one of the founders of the Old Boltonians Over 35 side which entered the BSF Veterans" League in season 2012 and still acts as its fixtures secretary. Dave has an ambition to turn out at least once for Old Boltonians in their centenary year of 2020 when, by an accident of maths, he will have played in friendlies or completion for them in each of seven decades.