Rod Hill departs Dunkeswell after more than three decades of service to the club

PUBLISHED: 09:52 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 27 June 2018

Dunkeswell Rovers with Rod Hill (third from the left on the back row) and also included is another serious Dunks club stalwart, St Ward ((far left wearing a black top).Picture CONTRIBUTED

Dunkeswell Rovers with Rod Hill (third from the left on the back row) and also included is another serious Dunks club stalwart, St Ward ((far left wearing a black top).Picture CONTRIBUTED

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Dunkeswell Rovers have said cheerio to a very special individual who has brought to an end a long run of being the 'Dunks' manager.

As recently reported, manager Rod Hill has stepped aside as manager of Dunkeswell Rovers FC, to be replaced by player manager Sid Berry and Brian Cann. Dunkeswell Rovers, confirmed recently as a Division Five side in next season’s Devon and Exeter Football League, now look forward to a new chapter, but wish to thank Rod and his companion Stu Ward for their involvement throughout a period of time that has outlasted even the reign of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal Football Club!

Rod has been involved with Dunkeswell FC all his life as his father and three uncles all played for the club and, even as a baby, he regularly went to all their matches. He himself started playing for the Dunks at the tender age of 14, over 30 years ago.

He did leave to play for Ottery St Mary FC at the age of 16 with the Otters, then a Western League club, and he spent three seasons with them, winning the Western League title in his time there.

After playing for Ottery St Mary and also the Devon Under-18 team, he returned to play for Dunkeswell FC under the management of his uncle Nick Broom and, after Nick’s unfortunate accident in 2000 he took over as player/manager for Dunkeswell until his recent resignation. He has also been the secretary of the club since 2006.

The treasurer throughout that time has been Stuart Ward, who has offered invaluable assistance to Rod with Stu himself playing for Dunkeswell since circa 1988 right up to the previous season where he was called upon for his playing services for the club. Between the pair of them, it is believed they played more than 1,000 times for the club.

Rod’s nephew Lewis Blackwell has also featured for Dunkeswell FC last season, sharing the pitch with his uncle on many occasions throughout the season.

Dunkeswell Rovers start pre-season training in July and welcome any players new or old. Contact Sid Berry on 07983 140370.

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