Mr Stoke City gets life time Foundation Award
Nigel Johnson has announced he’s stepping down as Chairman of the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation and has been appointed Honorary Life Vice President.
Nigel, known throughout the Potteries as BBC Radio Stoke’s ‘Mr Stoke City’ for his decades of commentary on the football club, has led the Foundation since its formation following the death of Sir Stan in 2000.
Foundation Patron Jean Gough, Sir Stan’s daughter, paid tribute to Nigel: “It’s been an honour to have Nigel at the helm of the Foundation for the past 18 years. His first task as Chairman was to instigate the making of the statue at the bet365 Stadium in the memory of Sir Stan. It has been referred to as the finest sporting statue in the UK and one of the best in the World.
“He has also steered the Foundation to helping thousands of young people to participate in sport which has developed not just in Stoke on Trent but also nationally and internationally.
“It has been a privilege working with Nigel and be guided by his wisdom and knowledge of football.”
Nigel said it was time to hand over the reigns as Chairman but added that he was delighted to maintain his relationship with the Foundation.
“The Foundation can only go from strength to strength and I am proud to have been a part of it,” he said.
His position as Chairman will be taken by Matthew Gough, Sir Stan’s grandson.
The role of President of the Foundation is still vacant following the death of Jimmy Armfield recently.