A number of Angels supporters will have read this afternoon in the matchday programme of Steve Churcher’s decision not to seek re-election to the Board, and therefore he will be stepping down from his position as Chairman of our club with effect from this December’s Annual General Meeting.
For Steve on a personal level it is absolutely the correct decision. Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer he will be undergoing a programme of radiotherapy during the spring/early summer of next year which would make carrying out the duties and responsibilities of Chairman totally impractical. Coupled with the fact that his lovely wife Kate is also not enjoying the best of health, this only adds to the validity of his decision which undoubtedly came after much careful thought and deliberation with his family.
For our fantastic club the news represents something of a challenge, and that adjective ‘fantastic’ is appropriate because of the enormous hard work and vision that Steve has contributed over the last nine years. Of course that period of time doesn’t represent Steve’s only involvement. He recalls first being taken to the old Angel Ground when he was around 10 years old. Despite playing local football himself he continued to come to games when he could racking up around a half century of cheering on the lads in blue from the terraces.
Steve joined the former supporters association in the mid 1990’s later becoming secretary and chairman before being invited to become Club President in 2007. Following the resignation of Chairman Nick Sullivan in 2009 Steve was elected by the board to be Chairman.
During his tenure the club was promoted and enjoyed three years in the then Conference South the highest level the club has ever played in the modern era, but much more significantly Steve led the club into community ownership in 2014 allowing supporters a direct say in how their club is run. He exuded quiet confidence in so many ways from operating a sit on mower across the pitch to ensure the next home game would be possible to grappling with a spreadsheet of figures as he rose to the challenge of maintaining financial stability for a non-league semi-professional football club.
We all have our memories of Steve Churcher but for this writer first and foremost he was and still will be a true supporter with a terrific sense of humour. He may sit in the directors box but that enthusiasm continues to shine through as instanced when we scored that very very late winner against Needham Market just two weeks ago. And as is always the case with true supporters they carry on supporting their team through the good times and the not so good.
Updated 21:28 - 2 Dec 2017 by Jim Rowe