An era has drawn to a close at The J.Davidson Stadium after Derek Wilshaw reluctantly called time on his 20-year reign as Altrincham club secretary.
Derek’s unerring commitment to the Alty cause began in 1996 when he answered a call for help on match days, manning the door at the main entrance and ensuring club personnel, visiting teams and guests were all greeted with a welcoming smile.
He took on the more onerous role of secretary a couple of years later and clocked up two decades of sterling service before a recent bout of pneumonia left him reassessing the demands of the job and concluding it may be time to step down.
Grahame Rowley led the tributes to Derek’s priceless contribution to the club’s smooth running behind the scenes and revealed he will continue to help with financial matters on a part-time basis, as well as acting as a sounding board for his successor, former Stalybridge Celtic secretary Paul Carter.
“It is with the greatest reluctance that Derek has decided it’s time to step aside,” said the Alty chairman. “It is typical of him that he has done it with the club’s best interests in mind, because he feels, after his recent health problem, he may not be able to do the job justice in the way he always has done.”
“He will be a massive loss to the football club as a day-to-day person, because he has been here in the office, keeping things ticking over, from 9am to 5pm five days a week – six, if we have a match on a Saturday.”