Kit man Tony calls it a day with the Spartans

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A STALWART of Blyth Spartans has announced his retirement from the club.

Tony Kennedy, who has been the kit man at Croft Park for 21 years, has decided to call it a day.

Seventy-year-old Tony told the Spartans website: “It was hard work and a lot was involved, but I loved it.

“However nothing lasts forever and it was time to move on.”

He worked under about 18 different managers, some of whom have been on the phone offering their best wishes.

The loyal supporter was renowned as a great joker both in the dressing room and on the team coach when travelling away.

“I did what I could to make the players happy over and above washing the strips and laying them out in the dressing room and making sure everything was in order for away fixtures,” he added.

Tony intends to keep busy by spending time with his grandchildren, gardening and fishing.

Croft Park, however, will also remain on his ‘to do’ list.

“I’ll certainly be getting down for some games,” he said.

“I’ll miss the banter but I certainly won’t miss the times I spent, freezing cold in winter, on the touchline!”