Merlin proudly holding the Merlin Saddleton Trophy

I am deeply saddened to share with the football community the passing yesterday of my good friend, League colleague and ground standards mentor, Merlin Saddleton.

Merlin had been unwell for some time and spent the last 2 weeks in hospital following a fall at his home.

Merlin gave many years’ service to the League and included in his roles was that of Youth League Chairman. In his role as Ground Standards Officer he assisted many clubs on their journey to join our competition. In his later years, Merlin operated the results service on behalf of the League and spoke regularly with representatives from our clubs. Merlin was also a regular visitor to our grounds and was always delighted to make a presentation to a club. I am sure many of you will have fond memories of your encounters with Merlin.

Merlin was a true gentlemen and a great ambassador for the League. He will be very sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with Merlin’s wife, Sally, and his family.

Peter Hutchings