Mark Redhead Steps Down
Mark Redhead stepped down from the role of club chairman at this week’s AGM after six years at the club’s helm. Mark had lived in Guildford for 36 years, and he initially got involved at his local senior club saying “I was attracted to the Club because after watching football since I was a child, I thought it was time to actively get involved and help my local club.” Mark worked tirelessly on all sorts of tasks, including forking the pitch and serving burgers. But the highlight will surely have been the Surrey Cup semi-final against Woking at the Spectrum. The pre-match organisation was top notch and with a 500+ crowd everything on the night went like a dream. And on the pitch City came perilously close to toppling their local rivals.
In recent years Mark’s health has not been as he would have wanted it and he took retirement from his job in 2018. Last year he moved with his wife Wendy to Shropshire but he still attended several matches at the Spectrum. We of course thank Mark for everything he did for the club. For giving the club some real leadership when it was required. We wish him well and we do hope that from time to time Mark will make the journey south to watch the City.
In recognition of his excellent service to the club Mark was made a life vice-president of the club. This is a position reserved only for those whose service was of the highest order.
Statement via Mark Redheads Facebook Page:
“This week I stood down as the Chair of Guildford City. As many of you will know I have moved out of the area (to Shropshire) and it is in the best interests of the club to have a local chair.
After 6 years, 5 managers, a relegation battle, the sand-banding of the pitch and other scrapes I have many great memories, with the undoubted highlight being the Surrey Senior Cup semi-final against Woking. Having 500 people at Spectrum that night showed that you can generate an atmosphere at the ground and that there is a latent fan base for football in Guildford. I also remember us winning an away game 1-9 and some excellent battles against the teams fighting for promotion each season while oddly struggling against those teams nearer the bottom of the table.
This club runs because of the volunteers who sort everything that allows the manager, coaches and players to provide the entertainment on the pitch. Without the unstinting work of Barry, Kev, Eddie, Ros and many others in the past the club could not survive. I pay tribute to their work, their dedication and the amount of time they give; thank you for your support. We have the loudest supporters in our league, excellent songs and a controlled passion that gets through to the players. I know that things could have been better on the pitch at times in the last few years but I always felt support while I was Chair; you are a credit to the team and the town, thank you all. I hope to see you all again when I come and visit for a match once we get back to playing football again.