Stockingford born and bred and a retired Deputy Head Teacher, I have been a devoted follower of the football club for over 60 years. My earliest detailed memories go back to 1953, the year we defeated Watford in the FA Cup and then drew with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, only to lose the replay at Manor Park 2-1. It was the excitement of those two cup ties that stimulated me into becoming a lifelong supporter of the “Boro”.
My support of the club has not just been through the turnstiles. Over many years, whilst the club was based at Manor Park, I did voluntary maintenance work as well as working on numerous improvement projects. From 1967 to 1991, I was match day “programme controller” and then in 1991, I was elected chairman of the re-formed Vice Presidents, an organisation that at its peak had a maximum of 40 members, with several others who wished to join, on a waiting list.
During this period, representatives from the VP’s were instrumental in re-forming the Supporters Club of which I served as vice chairman for several years.
In November 2001, Nuneaton Borough Supporters Trust was launched and it was a great honour for me to be elected chairman, a position I held until its proposed dissolution at the end of 2010.
Amalgamation with the Supporters Club earlier this year to form Nuneaton Town Supporters’ Co-operative has enabled me however, to work on the interim committee, a situation I hope to be able to continue doing for some considerable time.