Football: Long serving administrator steps down after 80 years loyal service
ONE of the Duchy's longest-serving football administrators, Terry Williams, has decided to call it a day as an official with the Cornwall County FA and so end a family involvement that spanned 80 years.
Terry, who lives in Falmouth, was a member of the board of directors and a member of the council, joined the county association in 1973 following the death of his father, Mr H A Williams, and completed exactly the same number of 40 years in office.
His father joined the association in 1933 and it was through that connection that Terry first began to take an interest in football. Little did he know then that it was to last a lifetime.
Mr Williams snr was involved in many aspects of the county association after becoming the representative for the Helston area and it was whilst he was living in Helston as a boy that Terry visited all the local grounds with his father.
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Having left school Terry joined Post Office Telephones (later BT) in 1951 and during that period he did his National Service in the Royal Signals at Catterick and then Port Said where he played plenty of football around the Suez Canal. Unfortunately, he sustained a bad knee injury and on his return to Cornwall found he could no longer play.
By 1953 Mr Williams' snr role as a district education officer had taken him to Falmouth and a home in Penryn, but he had to relinquish the post as CCFA representative for Helston as he no longer lived in the district.
At the same time a position as county youth officer became available and the county persuaded Mr Williams to take on the role. Shortly afterwards he became the western divisional secretary.
From 1955 to 1973, Terry had little or no contact with football other than occasionally helping his father, but following the death of his father that all changed.
However, it wasn't until he was contacted by the CCFA to continue in his late father's role that he had ever given it serious thought.
Mindful of his father's history in serving the CCFA,Terry was honoured to take on the western divisional position, but declined the youth secretary role as the nature of his work would not have allowed him to carry out the duties as efficiently as he would have liked.
Following the death of the eastern divisional secretary, Mr Sincock, Terry then took on the whole of the county's administration for affiliations, registrations, reinstatements and much more.
As county registration secretary he became involved with every senior, junior and Sunday club and latterly veterans and women's teams as well as all the small sided teams.
In all, it was around 400 clubs and 5,500 to 6,000 players' registrations each season until the system was changed just a few years ago.
When the CCFA became a limited company, Terry was honoured to be made a member of the board of directors, but he has also been heavily involved in the council's disciplinary hearings, county cups, youth football, insurance and women's and rules revision committees.
The number of hours spent by Terry and his father – as well as his wife Val – on behalf of Cornish football is incalculable and down through the decades the demanding job has been carried out in a quiet and efficient manner.
Between them the Williams family have attended about 75 AGMs (there were none during the war), over 3,500 meetings and probably every Easter Monday final since 1933.
It is a very impressive cv and one for which football in Cornwall will always be extremely grateful.