Alan Couch – Life Vice President

A little bit of history was made at The Vale on Saturday just before kick-off in our Vanarama Conference South match versus Maidenhead United when the Club took time out to hand out our first Life Vice President award to Alan Couch. All at the Club thank Alan for his efforts over the years.

Below is the article that featured in yesterday’s Match Day programme. from Paul Fruin, Director and  Match Day Secretary.  

Good afternoon everyone and all and welcome to this afternoon Vanarama Conference South fixture with Maidenhead United, I wish every associated with the Magpies an enjoyable stay and a safe journey home after the game. 

One or two of you may have heard by now that after a great many years service to Wealdstone Football Club, Alan Couch has decided to stand down from his role as Match Secretary. Alan has performed a number of roles within the club going back to the early 70`s, starting with the Supporters Club, before moving onto perform various roles for the main club itself.

After retiring from work Alan worked as a part-time assistant to Peter Braxton , the then club secretary @ our former home at Lower Mead. Upon our move to Watford FC, Alan took over briefly the role as club secretary, before reverting back to is role as match secretary, which included the moves from Vicarage Road to The Warren  (Yeading FC) and then further moves to the White Lion Ground  (Edgware Town FC) and then to Chestnut Avenue (Northwood FC), before we finally moved to The Vale.

During this time Alan has also over seen the formation of the Capital Football League in 1984 and is still heavily involved in the running of the league now.  I’ve said in the past and I’ll say it again and again, Alan is and has been my guru. My path to becoming club secretary, started with the Football Scholarship and slowly but surely getting to know more and more about the running of a football club inside and out. Alan has always been there with his help, support and advice and when I finally took over the role as club secretary, I knew I could always call on the great man for his advice.  

Over the last 18 months Alan has given that same support and advice to Alyson Angelides, who has taken over as match secretary. After more than 40 years experience within football Alan is taking a back seat, but don’t worry he will still be doing bits and pieces behind the scenes for the club and both Ally & I know if we ever need advice, Alan will be there to give it and if Ally & I can do half a good as job as Alan has done over the years, then the pair of us will have something to be proud of. 

It gives me the greatest of pleasure to be here this afternoon with my fellow directors and many of Alan`s friends to present him with a Life Vice President Award of Wealdstone Football Club.