Loyalty, commitment and dedication recognised

Date: Friday 15th March 2019

LONG-serving Penrith AFC player William Paul was honoured as the club kicked off its 125th anniversary celebrations on Saturday.

Committee members, sponsors and supporters looked on as a new extension of the Blues’ Frenchfield Park clubhouse was officially opened.

Named the “William Paul Wing”, it honours a dedicated and versatile 40-year-old player who has been a first team regular since his debut in 2001.

His 700th game for Penrith came against Newcastle Benfield in January, 2017. And, as he closes in on his 800th outing, Paul made his latest appearance — coincidentally against the same opponents — as a second half substitute in the highly competitive Northern League Division I on Saturday.

Before the match, William was joined by his wife, Helen, and their two daughters Henrietta and Tabitha, as he cut a ribbon to open the new extension.

“He epitomises everything that this club is all about,” said senior chairman Billy Williams. “That is loyalty, the commitment and dedication he has to put in, being a one-man band farmer, and the example he shows to all the players. You just can’t buy people like that. They just don’t turn up every day. So he more than deserves this little accolade we’ve given him.

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