THE SHOTS Trust have announced the appointment of The Rev Mike Pusey, the club’s popular and respected chaplain, as their new honorary president.
Mike becomes the third president of the Shots Trust, a role previously filled by Graham Brookland and the late Frank Burt.
Mike is well-known to most Aldershot Town supporters, having been the club chaplain since the early 1970s. The Trust board wanted to offer him this position in recognition of his generosity and support to the Shots Trust.
The role of president is a non-board position and will not entail any voting rights other than that of any paid-up Trust member.
Shots Trust chairman and club director Tommy Anderson said: “We are delighted that Mike has accepted our offer to become honorary president. He is highly respected and his support for the Trust and club over the years has been fantastic.
“When we produced a list of potential candidates for this role, one man met all the criteria that we set, and that was Mike Pusey. He has been, and continues to be, a resolute supporter and a dear friend to us. We see this as a fitting tribute to a man who has given so much time to the football club.”
Mike Pusey responded: “I count it to be a high honour indeed to have been invited to serve the ATFC Supporters Trust as president. It is, I believe, a special time in the history of ATFC and that makes it all the more important to me.”
Mike moved with his family to Farnborough in 1965 and he was a devoted fan of Reading from a very young age. However, on his son Andy’s fifth birthday he came to the Rec and watched Aldershot win 3-1 against Notts County. From that day, his loyalties began to change and now, for 50 years, it has been ‘the Shots’.
In the 1970s, Mike Pusey enquired of the then directors and manager (Tommy McAnearney) about the possibility of serving as chaplain. At that time there were only two Football League clubs that made such an appointment (Crystal Palace and Oxford Utd).
Mike continued: “The response was ‘yes, let’s see how it works’. Thirty-five plus years on and I’m still serving in that role and greatly enjoying the privilege.
“I see the presidency as being quite separate from my chaplaincy role, but in certain ways it will run along parallel lines. The club is all about people and I will be eager to support and encourage all those involved in the Trust and very particularly Tommy Anderson who takes his place on the board.
“I will be wanting to encourage an increase in supporters becoming members of the Trust and to supporting the various ways in which the Trust financially supports the club like ‘Boost the Budget’ and the other various events. In short, I want to be an active president.”