Aldershot Town will reluctantly say goodbye to kitman Steve Francis this month as he leaves the Club after six years.
Francis, who has supported The Shots since 1975 and was appointed kitman in 2009, is leaving to take up a full-time role with a Football League side.
“I’ve got some great memories from here and I wish the entire Club, all the directors, staff and players, all the best for the future,” said Francis. “I look forward to coming back to the odd game and cheering the boys on from the stands. This was a massive decision for me and I’m going to be sorry to go, but I’m looking forward to the new challenge.
“You need to be organised, confident, and realise that confidentiality is a big part of the job – you need the trust of the players,” he explained of the qualities required in the role. “It’s a great job but it’s hard work – it’s not just a case of putting out the kit and then going home. Away games can involve 16 hour days, but it is the most enjoyable job and once you’re in it you get a real feel for it and you don’t ever want to lose that.”
Aldershot Town thank Steve for his support and tireless work, and wish him well in his new role.
The Club is now inviting applications for a part-time kitman, which should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 15 June.