OXFORD United club secretary Mick Brown has received an English Football League (EFL) award for his incredible service.

The U's stalwart was presented with a Long Service Award at the organisation’s annual conference after marking 40 years in various roles.

Brown took over from Jim Hunt as club secretary in 1989, having joined United in 1982.

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He worked for the U’s commercial team before moving into his current role, while he previously set up the London Road Travel Club which lays on supporter coaches for away games.

Brown was named Micky Lewis Club Person of the Year at the U’s end of season awards in April, with his EFL prize further recognition.

“Without Mick there would be no club,” managing director Niall McWilliams told United’s official website.

“He has seen everything but hates the limelight. He remains first in to the club offices each day and the last to leave.

“This season, the backroom staff were asked to vote for an ‘unsung hero’ and Mick was the unanimous winner.

“It is great that the EFL recognise the outstanding work he continues to do on our behalf.”

Communications manager Chris Williams added: “Mick is the one that other secretaries go to for help and advice; not just in the EFL but at all levels of the game.

“Typically, he received the award last week and never told any of us!

“But people should know the high regard he is held in not just by everyone at the club but also by everyone at the EFL.”