FOOTBALL: Tigers name stand after club legend Pete

HOLBEACH HERO: Pete Cousins (second from left) receives a bottle of whisky from Tigers chairman Dave Dougill (left), in front of the newly-named Pete Cousins Stand. Photo by TIM WILSON
HOLBEACH HERO: Pete Cousins (second from left) receives a bottle of whisky from Tigers chairman Dave Dougill (left), in front of the newly-named Pete Cousins Stand. Photo by TIM WILSON

The man described by many at Holbeach United as ‘the ghost of Carter’s Park’ has had a stand at the ground named after him.

Unsung Holbeach hero Pete Cousins has been doing vital work at the club for 65 years – and the club felt the time was right to honour him.

Now 83, Pete first began helping out with the Tigers way back when he was 18. As groundsman he looks after the pitch, while he also washes the kit and does other crucial odd-jobs.

The small new stand behind the goal at Carter’s Park will now be known as the Pete Cousins Stand – and fixtures secretary Adam Kirk told the Guardian that it’s the least the club can do for such a dedicated man.

He said: “We call him the ghost. He does so much here, but people rarely see him doing it! He’s forever here first thing in the morning doing odd jobs.

“The amount he does for this club is unbelievable and the committee felt that it was the least we could do. It’s a small memento to show Pete just how much we appreciate him.”