Woman described as the ‘heart and soul’ of Norwich City is leaving after almost a quarter of a century
08:30 13 May 2014
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Next season will herald the start of a new era at Norwich City in more ways than one after it emerged the manager’s secretary – who has worked for 15 permanent bosses, including Mike Walker and Gary Megson twice, over almost a quarter of a century – is moving on.
And the new man in the Carrow Road hotseat will have a new secretary after the departure of Val Lemmon.
A club spokesman said: “Norwich City can confirm PA to the manager Val Lemmon is leaving the club on Friday after nearly a quarter of a century of dedicated service to the Canaries.
“Val has more than 24 years of sterling work for the club under her belt, having worked with our commercial department and Football in the Community before taking up administrative duties at Colney.
“Val announced her decision to spend more time with her family several weeks ago and she will be missed by everyone at Carrow Road and Colney. She worked tirelessly for the club throughout her time with us and provided invaluable administrative support for a long list of former Norwich City managers and players over the years.”
Former City winger Darren Eadie revealed to more than 20,000 people following him on Twitter that the club had not only lost its Premier League status this week but also “a very special person” in Mrs Lemmon whom he described as the “heart and soul” of Norwich City.
It is understood the departure has nothing to do with the club’s recent relegation, but was a decision which had been made by Mrs Lemmon during a season in which she lost her husband.
Trevor Lemmon, who also worked at the club as a maintenance manager, died last year aged 57 after a battle against cancer, prompting the players to wear black armbands in the 2-0 defeat at Spurs in September last year as a mark of respect.
Mrs Lemmon, who grew up in Lakenham, first joined Norwich City in 1989 as part-time secretary in the lotteries department and then for Football in the Community.
It is believed she is heading for a new role at Norfolk Football Association.
A full tribute to Mrs Lemmon will appear in the next edition of The Canary, on sale from June 2.