MATCH angling legend Dick Clegg has retired from his role as the Angling Trust’s international events organiser after 15 years in the role.

Dick used his speech opening the International Disabled and Veterans contest held in the Czech Republic to make the announcement that he will finally stand down after the meeting of the management committee in November.

Prior to his current role, Dick managed the Drennan England match team for 17 years and has the best record of any team manager in the world.

Dick told Angler’s Mail: “It all started back in my home town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, where I was a founder member of the very successful Barnsley Blacks match fishing team.

“I started my managing England role in 1984 and continued for 17 years, and this is my 34 th consecutive year of managing and organising teams for international matches.

“In my time as England manager we won six team golds and nine individual golds, including four for Bob Nudd and three for Alan Scotthorne, who were the best anglers I managed.

Ladies, vets and disabled successes too for Dick Clegg

“From 1997 to 2000 my ladies team also won two team and two individual golds, and in nine years the vets and disabled team have won two team and three individual gold.

“My proudest achievements, apart from my visits to Buckingham Palace to collect my MBE and OBE, were the Drennan England team winning at Holme Pierrepont in 1994, the first time we won on home soil, and winning in Italy in 1985.

“Sadly I can never see a win in England again as we won’t be able to ever host the World Championship in future – we don’t now have any suitable waters which meet the regulations for the competition.”

Bill Galt (right) got on the podium last year and is in the side again.

Dick Clegg (centre) has worked successfully with the veterans and other England sides since taking a seat aside from the main Drennan Team England frame.

Dick told Angler’s Mail: “At 78 years of age it is about time I passed the mantle onto someone younger. I believe I will be leaving our international set-up in very capable hands with excellent people like Mark Downes, Tom Pickering and Joe Roberts.

“All this work is voluntary and I have calculated that if you add all the time up I have spent, it would come to nine whole working years,” he concluded.

Well-earned retirement now for Dick Clegg

Dick plans to spend his well-earned retirement pursuing his three main hobbies – fishing, which he already does two or three times a week, golfing and gardening.

Five times world champion Alan Scotthorne paid tribute to Dick, saying: “His management skills with Barnsley and the England Teams were fantastic, and he commanded a lot of respect. His own angling ability was excellent but his management was absolutely brilliant.”

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