The achievements of the 1066 Specials, the club which enables everyone to enjoy sport whatever their ability, have been acknowledged by a football legend.
Lawrie McMenemy, one of the 20 most successful managers in post-war English football, has unveiled a display of the club’s trophies and memorabilia in the Sargent Gallery at Bexhill Museum.
Pride of place in the display case is the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, presented in 2013.
Lawrie was guest of honour at a reception in the museum’s Education Room following his attendance at the Specials’ annual meeting.
The display was placed on view in the museum soon after the Queen’s Award was granted.
But as museum chairman John Betts commented at Saturday’s unveiling ceremony, it is an important resource which the museum will exploit more fully in future.
Lawrie McMenemy was introduced by the Specials’ founder, Harold Lawrence, in the presence of Town Mayor Cllr Brian Kentfield and his wife and Mayoress, Susan. Mayor and Mayoress had earlier attended the 1066 Specials Annual Meeting and Presentations at Bexhill College.
A new plaque on the display case bears the legend: “...unveiled by Lawrie McMenemy MBE, President of the Special Olympics GB, 28th March 2015.”
Lawrie McMenemy unveiled the display case by whipping away the emblem of the Rotary Club of Bexhill, a supporter of the Specials.
The museum chairman had earlier invited the guest of honour to sign the visitors’ book.
Mr McMenemy was also the Guest of Honour at the 1066 Specials’ AGM.
More than 120 people crammed in to the Bexhill
College Sports Centre.
The players and their families were also joined by Mathew Major, Chairman of the Sussex FA, and many other guests representing the authorities and organisations from Hastings and Rother.
Prior to presenting the footballers with medals and trophies, Lawrie congratulated the footballers for their skill and enthusiasm, and implored the guests to support and publicise the achievements of this most inspiring and aspiring of football clubs.
Chairman of Trustees Harold Lawrence then thanked Lawrie for his motivating words and for generously giving his time to make The Specials’ AGM and Presentation Event extra special.
Harold also announced the formation of the 1066 Specials Supporters Club. He implored the assembled to ‘Talk up the Specials’ and encourage family and friends to become supporters.
“As few as 500 members paying only £10 per annum would perpetuate the provision of football training for young disabled people way in to the future and hopefully enable the Club to achieve its long held ambition to have its own headquarters.”
For further membership details visit the 1066 Specials website: www.1066specials.org.uk
He reminded the audience that the Club is run solely by dedicated volunteers who ensure that the family of the 1066 Specials is sustained.
“They are anxious to let people know that they are not a clique and anyone who would like to take part in the running of the Club, in any capacity, would be warmly welcomed.”
He said that The 1066 specials have now been in existence for thirteen years. “Once touched by ‘The 1066 Specials Experience’ the fingerprint never fades!”
The 1066 Specials footballers play football
have fun, make friendships and believe in sportsmanship. Played the Specials way it truly is ‘The Beautiful Game’
Players of the Year: Premiership- Scott Greenaway; Championship: Luke Kavanagh-Deeprose;
League: Kevin Langley; Juniors: Tom Denness