End of an era as long-serving club official steps down

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Tributes have been paid to Glossop North End secretary Peter Hammond after he announced he was stepping down after almost 40 years in the role at the Evo-stik North club.

The club said Hammond, who was appointed secretary in 1979, would become a vice-president of the club.

Club chairman Dave Atkinson said: “It’s quite simple really. Without Peter and Peter Higginbottom, from Davies Blank Furness, we wouldn’t have a club.

“The work that the two of them did together in the club’s darkest hours means that Surrey Street is still a football ground rather than a warehouse.

“But for their efforts, we wouldn’t be here. He has seen the club through thick and thin — much of it thin. I have nothing but admiration for him.

“Peter is a one-in-a-million person for a club. He has done pretty much every job here, including washing the kit.”

Hammond will continue to offer advice. He has been succeeded by Lesley O’Donnell.