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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Singleton Strikers stalwart steps down after decades of service

After 20 years as club secretary, Singleton Strikers stalwart Warren Gillespie has blown the final whistle on his time in the post.

He departs the NEW-FM Northern League One side on a high after the Strikers defeated New Lambton FC 2-0 in the grand final in late October. 

Gillespie felt that now was the right time to move on, having first joined the Singleton organisation as an under-16 player in 1989. 

“The club has been a big part of my life. I’m getting a bit older now and it’ll be nice to get my weekends back a bit,” he said.

Outgoing club secretary Warren Gillespie (middle back) celebrates with the team after the Singleton Strikers’ grand final victory.

“But, also I think it’s time for a new voice, a new direction, a new way of thinking. It’s time for a change to take the club forward.” 

After making a total of 365 appearances for Singleton’s first team, Gillespie was inducted as a life member of the Strikers. 

He commented that he has “always enjoyed” his time volunteering and, after meeting so many great people, the club will always hold a “special place” in his heart. 

“Clubs and Australia are built on volunteers. They’re the backbone of the country,” he said.

“I do what I do and there are thousands of others out there like me.”

“You like to see the players take the field representing your club.

“It was always most satisfying for me that we’ve got a football club people can be proud of and who they want to represent.”

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