IN A recent poll, organised by Grays Athletic Supporters Trust, former skipper Jamie Stuart was named as “Player of the Decade”.
The Trust bought a special trophy and planned to present it to Stuart today (saturday) as he is captain of visitors, Rushden and Diamonds.
The announcement on the fans forum website that the presentation would take place was greeted with great enthusiasm, with many fans, who had stayed away (for a variety of reasons) eager to turn up to see their hero receive the accolade.
It is understood that one young lad was selected to fulfill his dream and meet the man the fans call “The Master”.
But YourThurrock now understands that Vice-Chairman Andy Swallow told Trust Chairman John Taylor “in no uncertain terms” that the ceremony will not take place.
Sources close to the Trust have told YourThurrock that the “foul mouthed rant” from Swallow left loyal fan Mr Taylor so shocked and upset that he will no longer be attending any more games with his young sons and is considering resigning from the Trust.
YourThurrock contacted Mr Taylor but he did not want to comment.
Fans have reacted with shock and anger at the news.
Graysingrays said: “My son, who is ten, was supposed to be presenting the trophy to JS with Parker and was really looking forward to it – just proves that you are never too young to be let down by The Ath.”
Tulip: “This would have been a good PR exercise, something that is desperately needed. I have never known so many fans, most of whom have been going to watch the Ath for many years, not bothering to go this season.It’s not because the team are playing crap, it’s because of behind the scenes issues and they way in which the club is currently being run.”
Grays Athletic are second from bottom of the Blue Square Premier.
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