By Micky Simpson
FIRSTLY I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank John Berylson, Steve Kavanagh and all of the Millwall directors for allowing me to take on the role of Fan on the Board, for only the second time in the club's history.
Thanks also to Peter Garston, Veronica and Pru, plus Billy and the wider Millwall staff team, for all the help and support throughout.
I’ve come to the end of my two-year tenure and can honestly say I truly put my whole heart and soul into my task.
There were a number of things that I knew I wanted to tackle from the start, and a number more that fans brought to my attention over time.
I feel we’ve been able to accomplish some great things in the name of our fans, including getting the Leeds away ticket restrictions lifted; tackling long-term banning orders and reducing the number of fans on historic 10-year bans from 300 to 70; establishing an annual memorial game for fans that lost their lives in the previous 12 months.
And helping to raise funds for some truly worthy causes. To name a few: our two Wonderwall Cups raised over £20,000 in support of various charities including SSAFA and NSPCC; our 12-mile charity walk raised £3,000 in support of boxer Charlie Wynn to help support his recovery; donations from our generous fan base raised £4,000 for our voluntary medical team to buy vital life-saving equipment – we’re actually one of the best-equipped medical teams in the whole Football League now.
Thanks to Dean West for bringing little Isla’s story to my attention; in true Millwall style we smashed it and helped get her story national, which raised well over £40,000 in support of life-saving treatment.
Through all the successes, my proudest moment as FOTB was being able to get involved with Roy, Grant, Gerrard and Darren, our four heroic fans that acted so selflessly during the London Bridge attack. Having those guys on the pitch at that first game of the season reminded me just how proud we should be of our Millwall family.
The regeneration fight was obviously a massive highlight for me, too, and we will carry this on under our AMS banner now, along with my other projects.
I’ve met some amazing people along the way, people from all walks of life that come together in a common goal and belief, who give their time and skills freely for the benefit of our great club, and our great fan base. You all know who you are, and I can’t thank you enough, not only for the selfless and thankless work that you all put in so regularly, but on a personal level for the kindness and friendship.
I would like to say a massive thanks to all Millwall fans for putting your trust in me. I always knew I wouldn’t be able to please everyone all the time, but I hope I’ve done alright for the majority.
And finally a massive thanks to my missus and kids for putting up with me while it properly at times felt like I was having an affair with Millwall.
‘NO LIKES US; WE DON’T CARE’
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