MICK Fogden has been rewarded for his 50 years of service to Sussex Football by The Football Association.
The current Worthing Football Club coach began his time within Sussex football back in 1956 when he made his first appearance for Hove Town.
The 75-year-old also spent 15 years as head coach of Brighton & Hove Albion’s youth side and Fogden spoke of his delight at picking up the award.
He said: “It’s such a great honour to pick up an award like this.
“It is something that I never expected when I started out all those years ago.
“I have been involved with Sussex football for more than 50 years and I’m still enjoying it, if I didn’t enjoy it, I would not still be doing it now.
“I am really enjoying my time at Worthing and being around people like Adam (Hinshelwood) is great, he is a great character and his enthusiasm rubs off on me.”
During his 50 years in the county, Fogden has been at a number of clubs. He has played and coached at Shoreham Football Club, played and managed at Southwick, managed Brighton’s youth team for 15 years, coached at Burgess Hill Town and is now currently coaching at Worthing.
Sussex FA chairman Mathew Major presented the award to Fogden.
He said: “We, at the Sussex FA, had to fill out an application form and send it to the FA and they either accept or reject the bid.
“Fortunately, in this case, they felt Mick was right for the award.
“I was delighted to present the 50 years of service award to Mick.
“I have known him for 20 years and it is great to present it to someone who I have a close relationship with and know really well.
“He has been a great servant to Sussex.”