Lyndon Moore’s 40-plus years of stalwart service to Lytham St Annes YMCA Football Club have all been for the love of the game.
But the 72-year-old from St Annes admits it’s gratifying to have your efforts recognised by your peers ... especially when the peer in question is HRH the Duke of Cambridge.
Lyndon has served the Seafield Road-based junior club as manager, chairman and award-winning groundsman, and he was among 150 ‘grassroots’ heroes selected from all over the country to receive special medals at Buckingham Palace last week.
The ceremony to mark the FA’s 150th anniversary was presided over by Prince William, also the president of the FA, who gave a speech at the medal ceremony.
The 150 maedal winners then watched a match in the Palace grounds between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC, two of the country’s oldest clubs.
It made for an unforgettable trip south for Lyndon and wife Frances, and they now have a medal to treasure back home on Warwick Street.
“It was a lovely day,” Lyndon told The Gazette and he wants to thank those who nominated him ... whoever they may be.
“I got a phone call a month ago from the FA in London inviting me and Frances down to Buckingham Palace. Nobody is telling me who made the nomination but I think it’s come through the Lancashire FA.”
Lyndon is no stranger to being lauded by the county FA, having been named their groundsman of the year in 2010.
“That was special because a groundman from Liverpool FC came up to make the presentation and I’m a Liverpool supporter,” he recalled
Groundsman is just one of many roles Lyndon has played at Seafield Road, where he managed teams fro two decades. “I took different teams right through from Under-11 to Under-16 on four occasions,” he said.
And Lyndon, who has always lived on the Fylde coast, has no intention of passing his responsibilities on to younger generations. “I still love being involved, so I’ll carry on as long as I can,” he says.