Clarets employee Jim Thompson receives top honour from Prince William (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Clarets employee Jim Thompson receives top honour from Prince William
6:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Burnley
A PRINCE among football fans has had his own date with destiny with the Duke of Cambridge.
Long-serving Clarets employee Jim Thompson, 85, has done everything from tending the pitch to manning the turnstiles at Turf Moor.
And for dedication to his beloved Burnley FC since the age of 18, he received an outstanding contribution award from Prince William, in his role as president of the Football Association.
The much-deserved honour for Jim, who lives off Manchester Road, formed part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
He also received an Unsung Hero award from the Football League in 2011, for a stint which has seen him outlast 24 managers and eight chairmen.
Jim was one of 10 recipients of the award at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.
FA chairman Greg Dyke said: “These volunteers are the heartbeat of football. Without them, the game simply wouldn’t function at a grassroots level and it is only right that the FA honours their tireless and selfless work.”
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