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Football changing rooms renamed to honour former member

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 September 2017

The Grove Sports Centre, St Mary's Grove. New changing rooms being named in memory of long-standing club member John Hobbs.

The Grove Sports Centre, St Mary's Grove. New changing rooms being named in memory of long-standing club member John Hobbs.

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Members of Nailsea United Football Club paid tribute to a former member by renaming their new changing facility after him.

The club held a ceremony at Grove Sports Centre, in St Mary’s Grove, on Saturday to name their new changing room facility The John Hobbs Building.

The footballers wanted to honour John, who was a member of the club for more than 50 years before he died last year.

John took on a number of different roles for the club over the years, but was known best as club secretary.

During his time as secretary, John maintained meticulous records of every game and these documents were put on display during the ceremony.

Club president, Roger Lock, said: “The event went very well, attended by many ex and current players. We were particularly delighted to see players who were playing for Nailsea United in the 1950s looking at John’s records and reliving some memories.

“The unveiling of the signage was performed by Viv Hobbs, John’s son, who attended with his family.

“The actual changing rooms are now in their second season but were unnamed. It seemed fitting that when John passed away last year the club should have a permanent memorial of John Hobbs who was universally known as Mr Nailsea United. Naming the changing rooms after him was an easy decision.

“They were built to the highest Football Association specification and are the envy of many visiting teams.”

The changing rooms cost £150,000 to build and the club received grants from The Football Association, Football Stadia Improvement Fund and Nailsea Town Council and members also raised £20,000 through various events.

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