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A volunteer at King's Lynn Football Club says it has been a real 'team' effort after scooping a monthly award from the National League.

Stuart Gallon, who manages the club's Under-13 side in the Junior Premier League, has picked up the Volunteer of the month for October.

A delighted Gallon said: "It's a real surprise to get this but I have to say it's a real team effort with everyone else involved with the academy and youth set-up at the club.

Stuart Gallon who has won the National League's Volunteer of the Month award for October. (52942866)
Stuart Gallon who has won the National League's Volunteer of the Month award for October. (52942866)

"I love the club and love being involved at the Walks. The chairman (Stephen Cleeve) and everyone here has made me feel really welcome.

"I didn't realise how time-consuming it was, especially in pre-season, but that's probably my fault as I've now been nicknamed the new Barry Fry as I've signed a lot of players this season, mainly from Peterborough funnily enough.

"Although it takes up a lot of my time, I love it and the lads have been brilliant, they would run through brick walls for me.

"The performances and the results we have been getting this season and the team spirit we have makes it all worthwhile."

Gallon, who lives at Dersingham, has had a long association with the Linnets from a young age.

As well as playing for the club as a teenager, Gallon has been a lifelong supporter of the club.

"My dad took me to watch from an early age," he explained.

"I first played for the club when Colin Mallet set up an Under-16s side. After that Ellis Gay asked me to play for the reserves and I went on to captain a side full of great young lads like Jack and Charlie Defty, Ross McNeil, Simon Bush, Michael Thompson, Robbie Palmer and Chris Bacon.

"We went a whole season unbeaten and won two cup finals. After I left Lynn I ended up at Reffley who at

the time were managed by Lynn's current director of football Robbie Back.

"Four weeks before the start of last season, I got a phone call out of the blue from Robbie.

"He knew I'd been running a successful young Dersingham side for five years and asked if I would be interested in running King's Lynn Under-12s.

"I jumped at the chance as its massive honour to be involved with my hometown club."

Stuart Gallon pictured with Barry Bry during the pre-season friendly against Peterborough United at The Walks (52942868)
Stuart Gallon pictured with Barry Bry during the pre-season friendly against Peterborough United at The Walks (52942868)

Gallon's involvement, with the support of UEFA B coach Andy Rowe, has seen Lynn's Under-13 side go from strength-to-strength this season.

"We topped the Junior Premier league Cup Group and have won our first two games of the JPL Midland League," he said. "The lads have really stepped up a level.

"I'm totally shocked that I've won this award. I'd like to thank Stephen Cleeve, who is great to me and the youth set up and also secretary Julie Briggs for all her help and support.

"I didn't realise how much time and effort it takes to run a JPL side. Neither did my wife, so getting recognition like this makes it all worthwhile."



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