Candidates Statement – Stephen Lloyd
My name is Stephen Lloyd and I am a 47-year-old Psychiatric Nurse working with children and young people with the NHS. I was born in Wrexham where I have lived all my life and am married with one daughter who spreads the gospel of Wrexham AFC from her Birmingham location. I am a season ticket holder in the Hays travel Stand and attend with my dad, Bill, who is 75 and responsible for my love of football and all things Wrexham AFC, elder brother, John and nephew, Carwyn. We have been season ticket holders in the stand since it was built in 1999 missing very few games since then.
I attended my first game in at The Racecourse on 10th April 1976 which resulted in a 3-0 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday and can remember attending many great games, especially under the floodlights, over the next few years which were some of the greatest in the clubs’ history. I have so many happy memories of supporting The Town over the years from the big European ties and FA Cup games, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium right through to the early rounds of the FA Trophy and Welsh Cup games where a last minute winner still means everything.
I have been a member of the WST for many years and am really proud of how well the club has managed to move forward since taking over the running of the club which was financially on its knees. Unfortunately, football fortune has not been as kind to us as we’d all hoped as we still find ourselves in the National League although the club continues to grow from strength to strength with many of its excellent community ventures. I believe we are in a privileged position in that we are masters of our own destiny and have become a fine example of what can be achieved when the community backs the club. I have the utmost respect for every single Wrexham AFC supporter and feel the way to move forward is to continue engaging with the all fans and listening to their ideas and concerns as we all want the club to be successful.
I have volunteered at the Wrexham AFC for 8 years now and can be found working in the club shop on a match day selling match tickets and interacting with supporters. I am proud again of the position Wrexham AFC supporters have managed to get our fine club to as when I started volunteering it was at the pop up stall the WST started in town on a Saturday. Helping run the stall in all weathers with a limited stock of mugs, ice scrapers and badges to being part of working at a fully professional organisation with a fantastic range of stock is under a roof (it’s the little things!) is a great achievement. I have also helped out in our Christmas and FA Trophy final stores on a regular basis where work permitted. I have also ably assisted Wrex the Dragon on many community ventures, regularly stewarded the supporters’ coaches at away games and helped out with many club open days and functions when there has been a role for me to fulfil.
As a trained Mental Health Nurse I am a passionate about people and believe in the principles of supporting others and the community. Should fellow supporters vote for me to serve on the board I would like to use my time to promote the voices of all supporters. With my passion for the Wrexham AFC, the community and for supporting people I hope to build on the great work which Wrexham AFC has already started. I will guarantee I will work as hard as possible to provide a platform for our club to continue to thrive both on and off the field.
Proposed by Geoff Scott
Seconded by Matty Jones