Three new Life Members inducted at AGM

East Coast Bays AFC is delighted to announce that Dave Booth, John Whitta and John Sheehan were inducted as life members at the AGM held on 10 December.

Dave Booth first joined the club as a midget in 1975 and  represented Bays through all the age groups. After playing through the youth grades he made his debut as a first team member against Kawerau and played striker until injury curtailed his career.  He coached the Reserves under Brian Turner until dropping down to play for what is the current Team Masters Over 35 team. He and Noeline were married at the club in 1993 and in subsequest years Dave has coached junior teams, served on committees, had a spell as Club Captain and been involved in sponsorship through Broderick Print where he is one of the senior executives.

John Whitta can be characterised as the heartbeat of East Coast Bays. Not a brilliant footballer, he has worked in the background, with 15 years service on the Board of Control and for the last two years has been midget convenor, running their competition at both Ashley Reserve and Bays City Park along with others from Mums Mob and Ryan. He has kept Mums Mob going for many years getting them to tournaments in Melbourne, Sydney and Torino as well as looking after them on a daily basis.

John Sheehan turned up in 1983 frow Whakatane and quickly became a first team player. Following this he became Junior President for three years as well as coaching junior sides and seeing his sons graduate through the grades with Rick eventually making the first team. John also played for and coached the Reserves for a number of seasons winning the league. He then took over the NFF Division 1 side winning the championship two years in a row. He has taken the under 19 side to Napier and plays for Brownsons a team of talented former footballers of latter years who are affiliated to Bays.


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