Former Toolstation NCEL chairman David Morrall has been honoured with the FA's 50 Year Award for his services to football.
David was a highly respected match official, running the line in the Premier League and in the 1998 Charity Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester United, before joining the league's management board in 2001.
He was fixtures secretary and referees secretary before also becoming chairman in 2009, a role he held until he stepped down due to ill health last year.
David also helped and guided many match officials as they made their way through grassroots football up to the higher levels of the game.
And, he represented the league and the whole of Step 5 and Step 6 football nationally as he was part of and chaired FA committees dedicated to supporting and promoting the interests of the game at our level in the National League System.
The award presentation was made by the chair of the FA's Leagues Committee and member of the National Game Board Mark Frost, the FA's Head of the National League System Laurence Jones, and NCEL chairman Brian Jones.
We are delighted that David has been recognised in this way and once again thank him for the twenty years that he was involved in the NCEL, helping it to become one of the most respected competitions in non-league at a time of great change in the way that the game was administrated at our level.