After 65 years service at NWCFL First Division South side Abbey Hulton United, John Wightman has been nominated in the Tom Brennan Service to Sport Award in The Sentinel/City of Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality of the Year Awards by the club’s press officer Dave Baskeyfield.
"John has been a part of Abbey Hulton United Football Club since he was a young boy and has served the club for well more than 65 years", Baskeyfield said.
"John is our current secretary for the 13 teams and at 70 years old, is still our head groundsman here, providing a second-to-none playing surface week in, week out in all weathers.
"He’s a legend in local football and has even got a stand named after him at our ground. He is worthy of a nomination.”
John has taken on most roles at the club during his time, from player to manager, and now groundsman and secretary.
John spends on average a minimum of 20 hours a week outside of his matchday duties and secretarial role, tending, repairing, treating and basically loving every inch of the pitch to keep it in superb condition.
He also tends to other parts of the ground in his role as groundsman and he was recognised by the Staffordshire Football Association in 2017 when he was awarded Step 7 groundsman of the year.