THEY filled posts at club level, the tribunal and at the very top of the Eastern Football League.
Last week, the league honoured three long-time servants with life memberships at its annual meeting in East Ringwood.
Former EFL chairman Steve Jones, former tribunal chairman Bob Murray and former EFL deputy chairman and Ringwood committee member Bruce Peak were presented with life memberships for their services to the league.
Jason Wade, Aaron Nummy, Dion Festini, Stuart Wynd, Jeff Hall and Marc Hardy were also given life memberships after passing 300 EFL matches during the 2012 season.
Jones said he was honoured to be recognised.
"I didn't know anything about it until they invited me to the night," said Jones, who played for Ringwood and coached Chirnside Park in the VAFA.
"It was terrific to receive, a good honour."
Jones was chairman of the league between 2003 and 2008 and still sits on the league's appeals board.
Peak started as a Ringwood Football Club board member before joining the EFL board where he spent 15 years helping expand the league.
Murray was a long-time tribunal member and tribunal chairman until the 2011 season.
Jones said he felt great pride in seeing the EFL continue to grow.
"I think it has just continued to grow from strength to strength," he said. "That has been a good, consistent pattern since the early days.
"In all my days it is the best-run sporting organisation I've ever come across."