As we all sit around wondering when it will be possible to play football again, positive news has been hard to come by but it is pleasing to report that one of our club secretaries, Barry Underwood, of Guildford City has been honoured by the award of an MBE.
The award is due largely due to his work in the “Vote Office” (established in 1682 but nothing to do with voting) at the Palace of Westminster, a job which brings him into direct contact with members of Parliament. The job requires Barry and his colleagues to be able to make available just about every bill, speech, act of parliament, report, etc., ever made should it be required by an MP.
Barry started work in the Vote Office almost by accident at the age of 21. He was at college looking to become a PE teacher but whilst off work due to undergoing a cartilage operation, he saw an advert to work at the Houses of Parliament so applied and got the job and has been there ever since.
The award also cited Barry’s sterling work as Secretary of Guildford City in recent years and he is certainly one of the most respected and long serving club officials in the League, his efforts having been rewarded by winning the ”Best Administrated Club” award two seasons ago plus the award for “Programme of the Season”, again well merited as Guildford produce one of the best programmes in the League and have done so for many seasons. Barry is responsible for the production of the programme and the club could not have a more able “anchor”, especially during these difficult times.
The League sends Barry huge congratulations upon a well merited award.