Gary is still getting involved

GARY Steed, who for many years oversaw Suffolk football discipline, has adapted well to a new much quieter life.It is 14 months since he suffered a heart attack, and he was strongly advised to take life easier.

GARY Steed, who for many years oversaw Suffolk football discipline, has adapted well to a new much quieter life.

It is 14 months since he suffered a heart attack, and he was strongly advised to take life easier.

“I do miss the disciplinary secretary's job at Suffolk Football Association, but at the same time realise that I could not go on living the life I did,” said Steed.

With the help of his wife Susan, Steed often burnt the midnight oil completing administration work for every player booked or sent off in matches involving Suffolk sides.


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Gary (pictured) had his normal employment to complete as well, and in the end his work load took its toll.

Now the paperwork is handled by full time administration staff at Suffolk FA headquarters at Stowmarket.

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Suffolk FA made Steed a life member, and he said: “This is an honour I cherish. Martin Head and his directors and council at Suffolk FA have looked after myself and Susan.

“I am happy to still be involved in local football, but am able to relax in the evenings now.”

Steed is still secretary of the Bury St. Edmunds regional disciplinary committee so sits on commissions as well as attending full SCFA council meetings.

He is a keen Ipswich Town supporter watching every home match and even some away.

n FOR those bemused by the relatively high number of players banned 'sine die' by Suffolk FA this season here is the explanation.

Thankfully they have not struck a referee or done anything as sinister as that.

Ninety nine times out of a 100 the inclusion of sine die on the list of weekly suspensions published by the county refers to non payment of fines - or dues to former clubs.

Once the sine die ban is announced, it is surprising how quickly the 'offences' are rectified!

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