Tributes paid to Mark Taylor as he steps down after 14 years


Swardeston’s annual presentation dinner at Brasted’s saw a night of tributes paid to Mark Taylor, who has stepped down as Chairman after 14 years.

Alongside the annual player of the season awards, the evening saw a slideshow capturing some of the memories made by Mark during his time at the club, both as a player and as chairman.

Swardeston Chairman Stuart Bartram presented Mark with a silver salver as a token of the club’s gratitude for the 14 years he was chairman, which brought the club its most successful period ever. He was also pleased to tell Mark that the club trustees had unanimously decided to make him an honorary life member.

Mark joined Swardeston in 1990 as a player, fresh from a number of seasons at Norwich Barleycorns.

It was in 2004 that Mark’s contribution to the club shifted as he became our club chairman.

Stuart told the dinner: “For the next 14 years Mark has lead our club through its most successful period. Superb performances on the field married with fantastic growth off it. Youth teams expanded and the women and girls section now such a wonderful part of our club.

“His partnership with Mark Thomas as 1st XI captain delivered a truly great record of achievement – unmatched by any others In East Anglia and one which we believe has firmly put us in the top 10 of club sides nationally.

“National titles, national finals, countless EAPL titles, Norfolk cups of various descriptions from the Bob Carter Cup to 20-over titles. Winners at all youth age groups too and now the women and girls getting that winning habit too. What a record.”

Mark thanked the club and said he had been extremely proud to have been chairman for such a long time. He was sure the club was in good hands and he looked forward to watching games and staying involved.

Mark Taylor

New Swardeston Chairman Stuart Bartram, right, presents a silver salver to honour Mark Taylor’s service to the club as chairman for 14 years.

Susanna Taylor

Swardeston Chairman Stuart Bartram presents Mrs Susanna Taylor with a bouquet.

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