John Rosenblatt HERO

50 Year Service Award: John Rosenblatt

The FA Long Service Award

Earlier this year, we were proud to present John Rosenblatt with his FA Long Service Award celebrating 50 years in football.

The Award was presented to John by one of our ambassadors, Tony Kybett back in September at Whitehawk's game against Haringey Borough.

There are few in Sussex who can match John in dedication to one club.

Joining Whitehawk back in 1970, John took over as the club’s secretary from founder Ron Powell, and thanks to his dedication, the club have still only ever had two secretaries in its entire history.

During his time at the club, he helped oversee a number of key developments in its history including the building of the teams first club house in September 1980, before it’s replacement with a brick structure that still stands to this day.

The much-heralded installation of floodlights in 1988 was another such development that was enabled through the hard work of John and the rest of the staff at the club.

On the pitch, John’s 50 years has seen him have a front row seat for many triumphs and trophies, from winning the Sussex County League Division One title in 1983 to lifting the Sussex Senior Cup, most recently in 2015.

Speaking on the occasion of John’s 80th birthday in 2020, Club Chairman Andy Schofield said: “Non-league football wouldn’t exist without people like John Rosenblatt. 

“Nearly 50 years dedicated service is quite remarkable. John is not only secretary and treasurer, but also runs our very efficient laundry room and cleans the dressing rooms. 

“Whenever I meet players and supporters from the 70s and 80s they always ask after him. Everyone connected with this club owes a tremendous debt to John Rosenblatt.  

“He’s a true Hawks hero!”

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