While the sterotype of football chairmen may evoke thoughts of tailored suits, corporate lounges and large, expensive cars, Chester FC’s Grenville Millington is someone cut from an altogether different cloth.
A legend with the Blues after playing almost 300 league games across three spells between 1968 and 1982 between the sticks, not to mention playing a key role in the League Cup run of the 1974-75 season, the 63-year-old former goalkeeper is a firm favourite with the Chester faithful with a deep passion for the club.
And so, armed with a list of 311 names of lapsed City Fans United (CFU) members, Millington did what you might not expect a chairman of a football club to do – he set about ringing round each individual to find out exactly why they hadn’t renewed their membership.
Millington said: “We seemed to have lost a few CFU members and I wondered why so I asked Mike Day, one of the directors, to produce a list of lapsed members that hadn’t signed up, and there were 300 and something of them.
“The reception I got was utterly fantastic. We’ve had about 30-odd sign up since last week as a result and I’m hoping to get through my list and hopefully we can get another 100 or so signed up again.”
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Millington admitted he had to try and keep it as brief as possible, with plenty of Blues fans keen to hear tales of the keeper’s exploits in that famous cup run 40 years ago.
“Of course, I had to watch that each phone call didn’t last 25 minutes as I’m talking about Leeds, Newcastle and Aston Villa and all things Chester,” said Millington, who took over as chairman in October last year.
“I didn’t think I was doing anything different until the reaction that I got. I’m only a fan myself and it has been one of the best things I’ve done
“Of course we’re learning and we’re not perfect but we got a great reception.
“It was good to hear that we are doing a good job. Of course we could do with a few more people on the board to help spread the load a bit. But it’s not easy to be a director of Chester FC.
“I, like many others, work full-time and have to fit it around work, so it is tough but we do it because we love this football club and want what’s best for it.”