Dickie honoured for 50 years of service to football
DICKIE Danson has been honoured by the Football Association for his golden service to the game.
The Shrimps' former assistant manager, director and head of youth, received a special honour from the FA to mark 50 years in the game at the Lancashire Football Association's annual meeting in Leyland this week. The 73-year-old, who is now senior academy scout and match day co-ordinator, received a special gold medal and pin badge from Lancashire FA President, Mr Gordon Howard.
At the ceremony Lancashire FA Chairman Brett Warburton said “It is an exceptional achievement for volunteers to have reached 50 years’ service to the game of football in Lancashire and they all thoroughly deserve the accolade from The FA”.
Dickie was instrumental in creating the Shrimps’ youth development programme in partnership with Lancaster & Morecambe College which produced a string of players including Danny Carlton, Dave Perkins and Garry Thompson.
He was also heavily involved in founding the club’s EPPP programme in 2012.
Dickie said: “It’s a great honour to receive an award like this for something I have loved doing for so long.
“I’m proud and privileged to have been involved in the game locally and loved every minute of it.’’
As well as his work at Morecambe FC, Dickie has served Lancaster City with distinction, managing the Dolly Blues between 1982 and 1991. He is also well known for managing the Lancaster junior football team in the Youth Games.
Shrimps director Rod Taylor said: “Dickie fully deserves this accolade. He has been a fantastic servant to local football and has been a credit to himself and his family.’’