DEVOTED Pete Maltby has been honoured by the Football Association after clocking up more than a half century in the game.
The current chairman of the Spalding Sunday League was given the FA’s Football 50 Year Service Award at a surprise Royal Mail Cart bash.
It’s the fourth time Maltby has been recognised, having previously picked up the Long Service Award (Lincs FA) in 1976, the Valued Service Award (LFA) in 1988 and the Meritorious Service Award in 2006 – which is the LFA’s highest honour.
Maltby’s first involvement in football was as a player with Geest in 1957.
Two years later he was elected secretary – a position he held for quite some time.
In 1965 he, along with John Chappell and Mont Pell, was responsible for forming the Spalding Sunday League.
Soon appointed treasurer, he held the role for 30 years before being made chairman – a role he has now held for 15 years.
Maltby also held the roles of treasurer and vice chairman of the league, and is treasurer and secretary of the Inter-Services competition.
Peter Camm, Spalding area delegate for the Lincs FA, said: “Without any doubt Peter’s impact in the local area has been immense.
“He is Spalding’s greatest ambassador. If you add up all the years and positions he has held in the Spalding area it’s amazing.”