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A football manager wants former players to come forward and help mark the club’s 50th anniversary.
William Miller, 66, runs Greenways FC, a Gravesend-based-club which plays in the Kent County League Premier Division.
Mr Miller, of Cygnet Gardens, Northfleet, has been running it since 1976 and wants to celebrate reaching half a century by throwing a reunion with former players.
He has spoken to a few players but wants more to come forward before making further plans.
Greenways, who play on pitches at Elite Venue in Gravesend, also has a reserve team with both sides playing on Saturdays.
The veteran manager and club secretary said seeing players prove themselves was one of the things he enjoyed most about his role.
He said: “I like to see players come through the reserves and get a go in the first team.
“We’re finding it hard to get more youngsters in but we’re trying.”
The club first started as a team of local government officials before branching off to form a new squad.
Mr Miller said: “Fifty years is an achievement, a lot of clubs have packed up since we’ve been going.
“I think most of the players that we’ve had play for us in the past have had good memories, we’ve always been a very well run club.
“The 60s, 70s and 80s was our best period, we were a local premier league side then.
“We achieved quite a bit in that time, we won Kent Cups and league promotions.”
Mr Miller has had different roles with Greenways but joined as a player when the team first started and then took over running it in 1976.
He now gets enjoyment from seeing the team take to the pitch rather than playing on it himself.
He admitted it could be a struggle but his passion for the beautiful game has kept him going.
He said: “There’s times when I think ‘that’s it’, when something upsets me or we can’t get enough players to training but I love the football.
“What I am trying to do now is to get someone to come and take it over.”
Former Greenways players can contact Mr Miller on 07930481606.
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