Community Trust volunteer becomes the latest recipient of the club's prestigious award
Julian Lodge became the fifth recipient of the club’s George Warburton Outstanding Service award prior to Wanderers’ recent home game against Norwich City.
An accolade which is awarded in appreciation of those who have given remarkable service and dedication to Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Julian’s name has been added to the awards board on the wall in Macron Stadium’s main reception dedicated to the memory of George Warburton.
Having worked as a volunteer for the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust for over eleven years, he has come into the club each week to offer support in the office since July 21, 2003.
At the award ceremony itself, Chairman Phil Gartside said, “Julian is a wonderful young man who is a delight to have around the club.
“He always has a smile on his face and everyone knows him in all the departments around the club.”
Brett Warburton echoed the Chairman’s sentiments, adding, “It is great to have Julian as a recipient of this award in memory of my dad - he was always passionate about everyone involved in the whole life of the club.
“I think it is wonderful to see the names of five very different people on the board, all of whom have made a massive contribution to the life of our club in very different ways, but who make up the family that is Bolton Wanderers.”
Julian himself was delighted to receive the award and he came along with his very proud family with his father Fred Lodge saying, “We are very proud of Julian and we are so grateful for this recognition from the club and all the support that has been given to him down the years.”
This award has previously been given to Nat Lofthouse OBE (posthumously) and Eddie Davies CBE, while subsequently it has been awarded Joe McGlynn who has worked in the club’s facilities department for over 47 years and also to Ruth Crawshaw, a dedicated support who has followed the Whites for over 58 years.
Click on the video player below to watch back footage from the ceremony.