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Club Statement: Geoffrey King

26 September 2019

“After 21 years and a mammoth contribution to both Southend United Football Club and as Chairman of Southend United Educational & Community Trust, Geoffrey King has decided (last week) on the anniversary of his 73rd Birthday to resign his position on the Board of both the Club and Trust.

Geoffrey formerly retired from the Group Companies on 30th June 2015 but continued to contribute, in a Non-Executive capacity, as he has done since the very first day of the Groups purchase of the Club in May 1998.

At the beginning Geoffrey openly admitted his love of Rugby referring to the “different shaped ball” but soon his love of Southend United meant that he devoted many hours and beyond the call of duty to the success of Southend United including forming many relationships that were maintained throughout his tenure. The formative years saw the Club lead the way with bespoke IT systems, enhancing the efficiency and dragging the Club from what we described as ‘the fifties’ under Vic Jobson’s control. 

These advancements meant that Southend United were often called upon to promote the technological advancements within the Football League bringing respect from other Club’s and reputational benefits.

Geoffrey King was also a pivotal contributor at the regular meetings with the Shrimpers Trust over many years and enjoying a good relationship with Chairman Paul Fitzgerald…  certainly Geoffrey has been the most dedicated and committed CEO from which the Club has benefitted during his directorship.

I, my family, and the Board of Directors wish Geoffrey the happiest of retirements enabling him to enjoy more time with his wife Helen, three daughters and his five beloved Grandchildren.”

 

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