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Supporters Club Chairman Stands Down
Tuesday, 10th May 2022 10:57

Supporters Club chairman Mark Ramsay has stood down after five years in the role.

Ramsay, 63, pictured above having handed the Player of the Year award to Wes Burns, has enjoyed his time in the position but feels now is the time to hand over the reins with long-time committee member and vice-chair Martin Swallow taking over on an interim basis until his appointment can formalised later in the year.

“I believe that five years is long enough, it has been an honour and privilege to hold the position but another supporter should be given the opportunity that I was fortunate enough to be elected into in the first place,” Ramsay said.

“Also a new chair hopefully brings in further ideas to help us improve. Martin should be allowed that opportunity and I hope he will be formally adopted into the role at the next AGM.

“We have as a committee grown and had many successes in the last five years. I hope and feel that I leave them in a much stronger place than when I arrived.”

Incoming chair Swallow, 53, has been on the committee since 2011 and has been vice-chair since 2017.

In addition to his Blues Supporters Club roles, he has been the stadium announcer at Bury Town, where he has also driven the team bus and has worked as a steward and in the club’s hospitality.

Swallow was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2020 but has continued to work for the Supporters Club and follow the Blues home and away.

In pre-season last summer, Town and Bury played for the Martin Swallow Challenge Trophy in his honour.

Martin Swallow and Mark Ramsay

Photos: Matchday Images/ITSC

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runningout added 11:32 - May 10
Good wishes to Mark and Martin

Wallingford_Boy added 11:47 - May 10

AlexanderFields added 13:41 - May 10

Europablue added 14:22 - May 10
Wallingford_Boy It's HuMAN not HuPERSON

Wallingford_Boy added 15:53 - May 10
Every organisation says Chairperson now, seems we are a little behind the times!

AlexanderFields added 16:06 - May 10

DJR added 16:18 - May 10
I think Chair is more up to date than, and preferable to, Chairperson, and is the word Mark Ramsay uses. I remember balking at it when I first came across it about 10 years ago, but it has become increasing common and now feels natural. As regards the word human, the "man" in it has nothing to do with man. Human derives from Old French which in turn derives from Latin. The word man derives from Old Germanic. This means human should not be changed to huperson. In any event, the addition of "person" to a word can be a little ugly. Much preferable to use firefighter than fireperson.

AlexanderFields added 17:22 - May 10
How about Seatperson? Or Seat for short? Let us lead the way.

DJR added 17:38 - May 10
AlexanderFields: it was this that made me originally balk at the word Chair. But I suppose Chair has does have a link to the verb chair, and the switch to its use as a noun is perhaps no different to the way the words email and text became verbs as well nouns.

tempzzzz added 12:44 - May 11
@Wallingford_Boy - Here's a thought. Why doesn't someone just ask Martin what he'd like to be known as? If he's happy to be known as Chairman then great, if he identifies as female, or a broccoli, or a badger or something then we'll go from there. What's next, changing the song to "every Saturday we follow, we cheer the PEOPLE in blue" just in case one of the players doesn't identify as a "boy"??

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