Southall FC and Middlesex County FA to honour Harrison

The Middlesex County FA and Southall FC have announced a unique partnership that will benefit grassroots clubs and honour the memory of Geoff Harrison, who was Southall secretary and the Middlesex County FA’s Historian until his sudden and untimely passing earlier this year.

Football & More, Southall FC’s parent company, will sponsor the Middlesex Intermediate Cup, Junior Cup and Junior Trophy in Harrison’s honour until the end of the 2014-15 season.

It will also assist the Middlesex County FA in establishing the Geoff Harrison Award, which will be a permanent competition for Middlesex clubs who produce outstanding match programmes.

This is particularly fitting, as the programmes Harrison prepared for Southall were well regarded throughout the game.

Southall FC is one of the oldest clubs in Middlesex, having been formed in 1871, and Harrison was instrumental in the club surviving difficulties in the late 1990s and beyond.

The club is now prospering under the management of Football & More and won promotion to the Spartan South Midlands League.

The new partnership is designed to help other grassroots clubs, with the winners and runners-up in the Intermediate Cup, Junior Cup and Junior Trophy receiving kit and equipment of their choice through the Middlesex County FA.

Middlesex County FA President Jim Taylor visited Southall’s match with Harpenden Town at the weekend to formally launch the partnership alongside club chairman Tommy Taylor and his team of club officials.

Peter Clayton, chief cxecutive of the Middlesex County FA, said: “We are delighted to have agreed this partnership with Football & More.

“Geoff Harrison made a significant contribution to football in Middlesex and especially at Southall.

“Geoff was a personal friend of mine and it is very moving that he is being remembered in this way and that grassroots clubs will directly benefit, given how passionate he was about his club.”

Taylor added: “An historian, a guide and an excellent club secretary are just some of the ways one would describe Geoff.

“He was an asset to the club as well as the new management team, especially during the transition from the old to the new management at Southall FC.

“A great source of knowledge, his support and services to the club would be greatly missed.

“I am sure he would have been proud to see the progress that the club has been making lately. RIP Geoff Harrison.”



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