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Club secretary retires from post

3 July 2017

Club secretary Keith Burnand has now officially retired from his position after six years with the club.

Keith joined us in 2011 after chairman John Radford asked him to move from non-league Worksop Town.

Mr Burnand's final home matchday as secretary was last season's 1-0 defeat against Portsmouth, when he and grandson Oliver carried the matchball onto the pitch prior to kick-off. He was also presented with a watch from chairman John Radford as a thank you for his service to the club.

Despite his decision to step back from his full-time role, Keith will still attend matches next season as the club's referees' liaison officer to ensure the officials receive everything they need when they visit One Call Stadium.

Mr Burnand has travelled home and away with the Stags during his tenure as secretary, organising hotels, coaches and meals for players and staff. He has overseen scores of transfers as club secretary and has often worked tirelessly to make sure deals were completed before the transfer deadline loomed.

After a brief spell in the mining industry after finishing school, Keith embarked on a career in the driving sector, namely with Derbyshire County Council.

He was also a referee for a large part of his life, and takes great pleasure in telling his work colleagues about his trials and tribulations as the man in the middle!

Keith began his secretarial journey in 1998 when he joined Staveley Miners' Welfare, before moving to Ilkeston Town. Following Ilkeston's administration, Keith briefly joined Worksop Town before receiving the call from the Stags' chairman, offering him the job at One Call Stadium.

Mr Burnand 'hung up his pen' for the final time last week and was taken out for a meal by the club's staff to celebrate his retirement.

Everyone at One Call Stadium wishes Keith a happy and healthy retirement alongside his wife, Margaret.


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