EPFL celebrated its 4th Anniversary: Lex Gold awarded

Lex Gold awarded for his contribution to Professional FootballLex Gold awarded for his contribution to Professional Football

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) celebrated the 4th Anniversary of its Constitution during a Gala Dinner, held in Florence, on Thursday 29 October 2009.

The Chairman and Chief Executives of the EPFL Members and Associate Members, as well as a number of other distinguished guests from the international sporting and political sphere joined the Association in this celebration. Among them, were high representatives of FIFA, UEFA, Italian FA as well as of several Clubs of hosting League, Italian Lega Pro, that on the occasion celebrated its 50th Anniversary.


During the dinner, the EPFL 2008/2009 Special Award was conferred to Lex Gold, for his outstanding contribution to the progress and development of Professional Football both at national and European level. Lex stepped down at the recent SPL General Meeting after having chaired the Glasgow based League for more than 10 years. He also served the EPFL as member of the Board of Directors and as leagues’ representative in the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council, in the last two seasons.

On the occasion, Neil Doncaster, CEO of the Scottish Premier League, delivered an acceptance speech on Lex’s behalf:

“I am sorry that I am not able to be with you to receive this prestigious award in person.  I am unable to be with you because the SPL clubs have arranged a leaving dinner for me at this time.

It has been an honour and a privilege for me to work with you all over the last 10 years to establish the EPFL as a major force in European football and to see it established at the centre of the governance of the game in Europe.  I was surprised, but delighted, to have been appointed by EPFL members to both the Board of the EPFL and to represent the EPFL on the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Committee.  Much has been achieved since the formal establishment of the EPFL and it has been a privilege and a joy to be part of that process. 

We have come a long way.  But much remains to be done and I wish Sir Dave, Emanuel, our Board and each member league every possible success in the ongoing task of modernising the governance of our game and moving it forward.

More particularly, I wish each and every one of you all possible personal success. I also take this opportunity to thank each of you for the unfailing kindness, advice and support that I have received.

I shall treasure this EPFL golden globe special award from you, my colleagues, and it will serve as a warm reminder of you and of the progress you are making in moving our great game forward in Europe and beyond”.

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