Altrincham have revealed their delight at the news that lifelong fan Bill Waterson has been appointed to the board of directors.
IT specialist Waterson, who grew up watching Jack Swindells smash one Alty goalscoring record after another and underlined the depth of his feeling for the club with a £10,000 donation last year, joins the board less than a week after the resignation of vice-chairman Andrew Shaw.
Reflecting on the task ahead, and his eagerness to help turnaround the club’s fortunes after a traumatic 12 months, he said, ‘The board and I have been in communication for some time about how I could play a role in taking the club forward, and we agreed it had to fit within the context of the strategic review. The step has been taken now, shortly before the findings of the review are made public, to demonstrate that stuff is happening behind the scenes that is joined up and that has the future direction of the club very much at heart.
‘One thing is for sure – no one can call me a glory hunter. I’m joining with the club in the midst of the biggest battle it has faced for many, many years, but my intention is to bring strength and additional capability to the board to make sure we are well equipped to meet the challenge head-on.
‘There’s a lot to do, but this club means so much to me, I want to try and make things better. For me, this is a lifetime ambition realised, but I’m not looking at it like that. It’s not mission accomplished, it’s just the start. We are starting out on a fight to bring the club back to where it needs to be, and we have to ensure every action the board takes is designed to increase the likelihood of success for the first team out on the pitch.
‘We have to build an environment that maximises the chances of success for the first team, because that is the main focus for all of us.
‘After a lifetime of supporting this club, I now feel I can begin to contribute positively towards giving something back and helping create a team the next generation of Altrincham fans can follow with pride.
‘Precisely how that will work, I hope, will become apparent as we go along but, in my professional life, companies I have worked for use me to turn around internal businesses that are failing by repairing relationships with their customers. To a large extent, that’s what we have to do here, with supporters who have been absolutely magnificent and have shown incredible patience in the face of not much return. We all need to up our game to ensure that patience doesn’t run out.
‘I was delighted to be able to make a donation to the club last year and, having done it, I have since taken the next step and become a major shareholder. I would encourage fans to consider something similar and look into buying shares. The club have some that are available for purchase.’
Chairman Grahame Rowley welcomed the new appointment and revealed that a date is about to be announced for a presentation of the strategic review to supporters.
‘We have been actively looking to strengthen the board, and, after much discussion, Bill decided to join us, which is great news,’ he said. ‘We are still looking for other people to join what will be a new, forward-looking board. On the strategic review, details will be announced shortly of a presentation to supporters in the Community Sports Hall.'”