Aldershot DFA 20 Year Award Nomination – Reverend Mike Pusey
At the Good Friday National League match between Aldershot Town and Yeovil Town the Aldershot DFA were represented to make a Long Service Award presentation to a long serving Shots stalwart.
The Reverend Mike Pusey originally became Chaplain of Aldershot FC in the early 1970’s after a meeting with then manager Tommy McAnearney. He served the club through to its final Football League fixture before liquidation at Cardiff City in March 1992; he was in attendance at Ninian Park. When the new Aldershot Town FC was formed entering the Isthmian League for the 1992/93 season Mike re-commenced duties the following year and continued through to retirement at the end of last season.
During his time in post, he has become part of folklore at Aldershot for the best part of 50 years. He has served the role as Club Chaplain impeccably and been a wonderful ambassador for the football club. He has always willingly been available for players and staff. A lending ear, a counsellor, a friendly conversation, just being a support mechanism but with such discretion and always in confidence too. Always impartial but always there to help. From the instigation of the Garden of Remembrance at the EBB Stadium to the famed annual Christmas Carol Service at the Holy Trinity Church which pulls together players, officials, management, and supporters it is Mike who has made it all happen.
The presentation took place at half time in front of an attendance approaching 3000 spectators where Mike was warmly received. Representing the Aldershot DFA for the award was Chair Mike Gardner, John Marchment and Graham Brookland. Members of Mike’s family also travelled from the north Midlands for the occasion.