It’s full time for Norman

Norman Harris
Norman Harris

Norman Harris has blown the final whistle on his time as secretary of the Driffield and District League - but he won’t be bowing out of local football altogether.

He announced at the weekend that he would be stepping down, but says he is happy to help his successor through their first year in the role.

Harris said: “I have been on the league committee for nearly 30 years and done various jobs, such as cup secretary and registartion secretary.

“Then five years ago, I became secretary after the death of John Burchett, otherwise the league could have folded.

“But I am 70 this year and this feels the right time to call it a day. It has been a hard decision, but I have spoken to my family and it seems the right thing to do.”

Despite stepping down from the top job, Harris will stay on the league committee and guide the new secretary through the trials and tribulations of the job.

“I will stay around to help anybody out in any way I can,” he said.

“We have had someone who has expressed an interest in taking over but it would be good to hear from other people who want to help.

“It is a job for two or three people, really. The league doesn’t run itself.

“I really don’t know how many hours a week I spend working as secretary. There is something every day.

“One minute you are trying to rearrange a midweek game from a Wednesday night to a Tuesday, the next you get a call from a team who can’t raise a team for Saturday.

“It’s an ongoing saga.”

The league dipped to 16 teams this season and it is not known how many clubs will be involved next season, but Harris is convinced it will survive, if the right people come forward.

“I have enjoyed it, getting out there and meeting people from the clubs,” he said.

“It’s a difficult job, but I thank all the club officials from down the years.”