Dedicated boss Steve steps down at United

First published in Sport

FOR 29 years, manager Steve Bradley has virtually singlehandedly run Badsey United Football Club.

From sweeping the dressing rooms and marking the pitch to picking the team and doing the paperwork, you name it, he does it for the Stratford Alliance outfit.

The 58-year-old also plays in the team’s defence and this season helped them win promotion to Division Two.

But after three decades as both player-boss and secretary, Bradley, whose wife Sandra is treasurer, feels it is time to hand over the reins at Ballards Park.

He said: “I wouldn’t have done anything if I didn’t enjoy it — sweeping the dressing rooms, marking the pitch and phoning the results in, I did everything and I couldn’t wait for the next game.

“I have got a good bunch of lads and I have always had that. They either stay for one year or 20 years. they either like the way I do it or they don’t. I have always played myself, even this season I played 75 per cent of the game and I am 58.

“When I got out on the pitch I always enjoyed it but it was like somebody flicked a switch and I just didn’t want it anymore.

“I work six days a week at Ferryfast in Pershore and I start work at 1.15am and it’s getting such a push now to do that and do all the other stuff.”

To celebrate his commitment, United played a friendly against Badsey Recreation Club, who Bradley also played for in the Evesham Sunday League Division Three until last year, with the former winning 9-5 last Saturday.

Martin Skembry will take over as manager, while Glen Jervis will become secretary and wife Claire treasurer.

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