Fakenham Town FC press officer, Tony Miles, gives up the Ghosts after fifteen years
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A much-loved member of Fakenham Town football club has stepped down after 15 years of photographing the players' highs, lows, and goals.
Tony Miles, from Fakenham, has left his role as press officer for the Ghosts, saying that his 'memories from my time at the club will live on forever'.
In a statement about his decision, Mr Miles said: 'It is with great regret and a massively heavy heart that I have to announce I am no longer part of Fakenham Town FC, as after 15 years I've called it a day.'
He added: 'It's been an absolute pleasure to have brought the club's supporters so much over the years.
'I've seen promotions, league titles, and a few cup wins. And I've also seen my daughter help lead the team out at Carrow Road in the Norfolk Senior Cup Final last season - memories from my time at the club will live on forever.
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'Thank you to everyone that's taken the time to get to know me.
'The players, both past and present, and the managers, coaches, and physios along the way - you genuinely are why I've done what I have for so long. Its called #FootballFamily for a reason.'
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Mr Miles' involvement with the club began in 2001-02, when he was involved with a radio station. Formerly known as Central Norfolk Radio, the station covered a cup final between Fakenham and Lowestoft, and sent Mr Miles along to take photos.
Despite never having played football at any level, he soon got involved behind the scenes, taking over the website, and taking charge of Fakenham Town's press releases, photography, and programme design.
Mr Miles said: 'A lot of people get involved with a team because a family member plays the sport'.
He said he had loved his time there, adding that: 'In my 15-16 years at the club, I've never seen a relegation.'
The former press officer said he would: 'definitely encourage people to get involved with the club', and added that its 'almost impossible to get people to give up their time now'.
He said: 'When I started I'd never played to any level, I didn't know anybody, and you get to know the players, and you create such a bond with them - its like a family in the end.
'You put in so much time and you don't expect to get thanked every single day, but you get so much gratitude at the end.'