As part of our Think of a Fan campaign we would like to help Clubs to celebrate the contribution made by your “Unsung Heroes”. These are the people who give their time for nothing and without whom our games wouldn’t be played and our Clubs wouldn’t survive.
By celebrating our Unsung Heroes we want fans to celebrate what’s best about our game, at a time when it is so easy to see only the negatives the Coronavirus pandemic has brought with it.
MALCOLM TRAINER - KEYNSHAM TOWN
Malcolm Trainer is our Club President and has been involved at the club for over 30 years.
He is a true clubman whose ‘heart and soul’ lives at the Crown Fields. In the early day our Malc could be found with other stalwarts preparing the ground during the week for match days, helping out In vital ground maintenance tasks, building dug outs, changing rooms extensions, cutting grass, plumbing and every task that you associate with running a football club.
He ran a very successful Under 18 teams for many years and even was club physio. He could always be heard shouting, ‘Come on my babbies’ from the stand or touchline, encouraging players to do better or just making them feel part of the team.
In recent times he was Chairman for over 10 years and in that time saw good and bad periods but was always the cheery voice to be heard around the ground on match days.
Recent changes in the management of the ground has seen his role diminished in that the ground is now managed by a facility management company but even whilst this was happening he was there at the ground everyday overseeing the improvement work and even taking on some of the tasks himself.
Malcolm is a true unsung hero at Keynsham Town and can be seen on match days in the gatehouse taking entrance fees, welcoming old and new and just being that vital cog in a great club he helped build.
Malcolm Trainer is what every club needs in a true legend something all clubs desire to have.
CHRIS BOWKER - BISHOPS LYDEARD
We would like to nominate Chris Bowker from Bishops Lydeard AFC, who we fondly know as “Mr Lydeard.”
We can not estimate how many hours Chris spends at our club per week but we know he spends more time there than he does at home.
Chris goes straight from work to the club every day, keeping everything in order and washing kits for all our senior teams so they are ready to go on match days.
He sources the food and drink from the local cash and carry and also runs our cafe single-handed. Chris spends most weekends supporting all our teams at home matches with refreshments and guidance. He is also a qualified ref and has stepped in to save games at the last minute on numerous occasions.
Chris makes sure the changing rooms are clean and that the officials are looked after along with visiting chairpersons etc and that they all get a hot drink and biscuits at half time.
When we run presentations and events Chris is only too willing to step up with the supply of food and refreshments, his name is always on the top of the list to volunteer.
He’s been known to mark pitches hours before matches to save the day.
Chris puts in so much time at our club year after year all for no payment.
It would be wonderful if Chris could be recognised for his many, many years of doing so much for our footballers, our club and supporters (whether home or visiting) we honestly don’t know what Lydeard would do without him.