Chairman Deller hopes to deliver

PUBLISHED: 15:31 07 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:31 07 June 2015

Rainham's Wayne Deller (centre) is the new chairman of the Essex FA (pic:

Rainham's Wayne Deller (centre) is the new chairman of the Essex FA (pic:


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Rainham’s Wayne Deller will call upon around 50 years of experience of grassroots football after being elected as the new chairman of the Essex FA.

Deller, former director responsible for refereeing, replaced Alec Berry, who had served his full term, at the Annual General Meeting at the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford.

And he will be joined by two familiar faces on the board of directors in David Emerton and Chris Singh, who step up to roles in discipline and youth, coaching & development following Mick Elliott’s resignation and the retirement of Jeff Saxton, who becomes a vice-president.

Berry paid tribute to members of the grassroots community who had recently passed away, including 95-year-old Essex FA life member Ron Edwards.
And during his last duty as chairman, Berry wished the future board every success and highlighted his pleasure at being a director for 12 years, citing open-age and women’s football as areas where development needs to be encouraged, while youth football has had its “ups and downs” and the veterans’ game has grown.

He also detailed poor touchline behaviour from parents and restricted Government funding as challenges which need to be tackled.

One of the most recent projects Berry had been involved with was the County FA ‘Business Plan’ for 2015-19, a document which will reflect how the organisation positions itself in the coming years in order to continue to provide quality football from all its resources.

This will be achieved with support from the Executive Council and staff members at the County Office in Chelmsford, who all received the thanks of the outgoing chairman.

Essex FA, board of directors

Chairman: Wayne Deller (replacing Alec Berry).

Director Responsible for Discipline: David Emerton (replacing Mick Elliott); Director Responsible for Youth, Coaching & Development: Chris Singh (replacing Jeff Saxton); FA Representative: Alec Berry (replacing Michael Game); Election of Group Representatives: Group One - Youth Representative: Vacant; Group Two - Open-Age Representative: Andrew Chaplin (replacing Mick Elliott); Group Three - Open-Age Representative: Charlie Francis (re-elected); Essex County Schools FA Representative: Graham Hall (replacing Jeff Saxton); Essex Referees Association Representative: Chris Lee (re-elected); Veterans Representative: Martin Berry (replacing Colin Moorcroft); Election of Vice-President: Jeff Saxton.

Three of the appointments saw brand new individuals welcomed to the Executive Council:

Andrew Chaplin has an employment background in the banking sector and he spent his playing days with Silver End United from 1990-1998. He has been an active referee since 1999, achieving Level Five status, and he has held many administrative positions. He has been the Mid-Essex League’s Secretary from 1998 to date as well as being Secretary and Chairman of Silver End at various points since 1995.

Graham Hall is a retired school teacher and now part-time sports co-ordinator from Billericay, who is also manager of Essex under-18s representative teams. As a player he represented Hertfordshire at the same level, appeared at Queens Park Rangers and the English Universities side, and has refereed and coached at schools and colleges. Graham is the Essex County Schools FA Chairman, serving the committee since 2006.

Martin Berry is a civil servant who resides in Basildon and is a proud Shrewsbury Town fan, having represented their supporters’ team. He is currently a registered player with FOBS FC whilst maintaining Level Seven referee status. Off the pitch, he is the secretary and referee appointment secretary on the Greene King Essex Veterans League having also been Secretary of FOBS and assistant secretary for the Basildon Referees Society.

To find out more about the structure of the Essex County FA, visit Information is also shared on Twitter @EssexCountyFA and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

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