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League award given to website manager

5th August, 2022

The Toolstation NCEL's website manager Jason Harrison has been recognised for twenty years in charge of the competition's online presence with a special award.

A trophy was presented to him by chairman Brian Jones on Friday in front of the building of local radio station Mansfield 103.2 where Jason has also been involved for two decades.

On handing over the accolade, Brian said: "I'm delighted to be able to present Jason with this trophy as his commitment to the NCEL for over twenty years has been brilliant.

"In that time, he has nurtured the league's website so it has become one of the best and most respected non-league sites across the country.

"I have lost count of the number of times that people have come up to me and other members of our board to commend our website and sing its praises."

Jason added: "I cannot believe that it is 25 years now since Gordon Foster, at my local newspaper the Mansfield Chad, sent me out on my first non-league match.

"From then on, I became correspondent for Glapwell who were in the NCEL at the time, and became their programme editor whilst also reporting on the club for Mansfield 103.2.

"When Mark Clough, who was running an unofficial NCEL site, had to give it up due to personal commitments in 2002, I knew what a vital resource it was for programme editors so I kept his fine work going.

"The site was officially recognised by the league a couple of years later and, in 2007, I joined its Management Board at the request of then fixures and referees secretary David Morrall - and I'm still in charge of the site today!

"I'm bowled over with getting the award from the league, the recognition means so much to me, and I thank everyone who has helped make the site what it is over the past two decades.

"A lot has changed online since 2002, there was no such thing as social media when I began, so it has been a constant learning experience for me.

"But, I hope I have kept to the basic principle of a site that is easy to use and full of information."

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