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Stand tribute for former chairman and president
22nd September, 2020
A stand at Thackley's Dennyfield ground will be renamed the Mike Smith Stand in honour of their former chairman and president who passed away last December.
A statement released on the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side's website announced the tribute to a man who had held a number of roles at the club over many years.
It said: "Mike's commitment to the club and charitable causes in the local community was monumental and he continuously raised money for charities including the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity, Help for Heroes and Manorlands Hospice.
"He was instrumental in the club's initiative in 2011 to team up with club sponsor Specsavers to donate spectacles to the Gambia Schools Trust, which the trust said made an enormous difference to the people in that country.
"He received a nomination as 'Community Champion' in the 2012 Community Stars awards, in recognition for his charity work and efforts in organising Thackley's celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
"The club wanted to show its gratitude to Mike and ensure that his legacy was remembered, and has therefore chosen to rename the Main Stand, which will now be known as 'The Mike Smith Stand' in his honour.
"There will be a small private ceremony to formally mark the renaming of the stand in due course for club officials and Mike's family."