Bob Allen, Napier City Rovers Legend and True Blue
Napier City Rovers Volunteering Legend Bob Allen has been recognised by Club and Federation this week for his dedication and contribution to football in the region, especially to his beloved Rovers.
Today, Bob was named by Central Football as one of the winners chosen from across the Federation to mark National Volunteer Week.
Central Football received "countless nominations", but only ten were selected for a spot prize, with Bob being among those on the Federation's roll of honour.
Last Sunday, after Conroy Removals Napier City Rovers game against Wairarapa United in the Chatham Cup, a presentation was made to Bob by the club, recognising all his tremendous endeavours.
Napier City Rovers chairman Phil Doran says Bob's volunteer efforts mean so much to so many people.
“Bob has supported the club as an avid fan since the seventies. He is without question a person who has contributed a massive amount of time, energy, resource and wisdom to this region’s football.
"Still, in retirement, he ensures the continuity of football for thousands of people across the region and Lower North Island."
"Not only does he cook week-in-and-week-out for the Rovers teams, he is responsible for providing that hospitality the club is renowned throughout the country for. Bob and his team cook and serve up food to clubs from all over Hawke's Bay and the Lower North Island when visiting teams come back to the club rooms each Saturday and Sunday during the winter season.
"The King of the Kitchen, to quote a member, for too many years to recall, Bob has went from donating money, to providing free labour, to contributing to the clubs net profit.
"I am sure our current finance committee will acknowledge the kitchen turnover and profit has increased over the last 10 years under Bob's leadership."
Well done Bob. Everyone at Napier City Rovers salutes you.