A FOOTBALL stalwart has been recognised for his years of commitment to the sport.

Bill Yates has recently been presented with the Football Association’s 50-year long service award at Lancashire Football Association’s headquarters.

Yates is well-known in the area for his involvement in local football since the age of 16-years-old.

He has been running teams through the local youth club in Clayton and Whittle from 1967.

He has also ran Whittle JFC, played for The Red Cat, Atkinsons Vehicles, The Royal Oak FC,

Also on his impressive CV includes spells managing Gillibrand Warriors, Iddon Brothers, Chorley FC Reserves and Youth Team, The Duke of York FC and The Dog Inn FC.

He also managed various representative squads including Chorley Jubilee Youth FL, Preston and District League and the Chorley Sunday League.

He is currently the president of Whittle Wanderers FC and he also managed Multipart FC and Lisieux Hall FC.

Speaking to the Chorley FC website about his achievements, Bill said: “I’ve been involved in football a long time and proud to receive such an award from the Football Association.

“There’s been many highs over the years but one of my proudest moments was winning the Lancashire Youth Cup during the eighties as a coach at Chorley FC.

“We became the first club to win the trophy during three years in succession; 1980-81, 1981-82 and 1982-83.”

Yates still helps the club on match days and goes to the away games, helping with kit in the dressing room. His other passion is the Lancashire FA and has achieved much success at Thurston Road. He added: “I’d like to thank all those who played a part in helping achieve this award, as there’s so many to acknowledge during my time involved at grass roots level.”