Former Royal Marine AFC footballer gets big vote of thanks at Crediton United

PUBLISHED: 09:06 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:06 30 April 2013

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Former Crediton United chairman Dave Blanchford is on the road to recovery after a nasty bout of shingles struck him as he was recuperating from a triple by-pass operation in January.

The United stalwart, the club remains very dear to him, is very keen as the current season comes to an end, to acknowledge the huge part manager John Veale has played at Lords Meadow.

Blanchford said: “John (Veale) may not be everybody’s cup of tea so to speak. However, the most important thing for us is the club itself and as such he has been the ideal person to first steady the ship and then sail us through to the end of the season. I personally would like to thank him for his honest endeavour and bags of enthusiasm for, without his hard work, and that of secretary Mary Avery, I am not so sure we’d have made it to the final whistle this season.”

Veale was part of the successful Royal Marines football team that took the Eastern Division by storm a few seasons ago and then graced the Premier Division before disbanding. He took over the Crediton United job earlier this season.

Blanchford might still be confined to home by his caring wife Monica; the pair celebrated 50-years of marriage last week; but he is determined to get back and do what he can for his beloved club when health permits.

He says: “I made the Reserve game on Saturday, my first journey out in three months for football and it was so nice to see everybody. I am under strict instruction to take it easy, and the shingles, whilst thankfully now on the way out, has been a real nuisance. That said Crediton United will always be such a big part of my life and I am looking forward to getting back to watching them on a regular basis next season.”

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