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When it comes to compiling a list of long-standing Hoops supporters the name of Colin Adams would be right up near the top.

Colin has been coming to the Charles Ground for over 60 years and, apart from watching the action on the pitch, he has served continually on the ‘Board’ for over 45 years either as secretary, treasurer or in his current position of fixture secretary.

He first started coming along to matches with his uncle and says his “first lasting memory” was watching Deal win the Kent League Cup by beating Margate in the final at Ramsgate’s Southwood ground in 1958.

He says: “I remember going to the game by coach, probably Thomsetts, and although we were by far the underdogs we won 3-0-thanks to goals by Gordon Killip, Jock Parker and the captain, Fred Lillicrap. The rest of the team was Eric Smith, Roy Hillier, Dave Henworth, Ron Margeson, Dusty Miller, Clive Cavell, ?? Burdon (can’t remember his first name) and Johnny Sutton.

“Sutton led the forward line was and his philosophy seemed to be that the ball had to go into the net even if it meant that the ‘keeper went in with it as well!”

Colin’s off-the-field contribution to the club started at a young age, as he recalls:”I remember walking around the ground at half-time carrying a board with the winning raffle numbers and getting a free drink for doing it from the tea hut.”

He also gained free admission to some matches, admitting: “Before Charles Road was built I remember sneaking into the ground via the allotments that used to be there.” In view of your tremendous service to the club I think we can let you off that Col!

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