FA award for Featherstone stalwart

Jim Murray receives the Football Association's 50 year service award from FA representative Barry Chaplin.
Jim Murray receives the Football Association's 50 year service award from FA representative Barry Chaplin.

Featherstone Colliery stalwart Jim Murray received the Football Association’s 50 year service award at the Castleford and District FA annual dinner.

Jim joined Featherstone Colliery in 1964, known then as Ackton Hall. He was chairman from 1964 to 2004, standing down and becoming a committee member.

He was elected as president in 2006 and retained that position until 2010.

Jim’s willingness to work for the club was invaluable and in 2010 he became chairman again and still holds that position today.

From 1967 to 1985 he managed the Saturday team, 1972 to 1985 he was also manager of the Sunday side.

When the team was short of players Jim turned out and played eight games for the club. He was also the transport manager in the early days when he was one of the few that had cars.

The team has played in the Pontefract League, Bentley League, Wakefield League and the West Yorkshire League. The Sunday team have played in the Castleford Sunday League and the Wakefield League.

In 1992 Featherstone started a junior section, Jim being chairman of that section from 1992 to 2000, with the teams playing in the Charles Rice League.

He has seen many of those players progress to open age football, not just with Featherstone but with many local clubs.

Jim also worked tirelessly for the District FA before becoming a council member in 1994 and he still holds that position today.

Jim received a medal, lapel badge and a letter of congratulations from Barry Bright, leader of the council of the Football Association.