Following the announcement that Steve Easterbrook has stepped down from his role as Slough Town FC chairman, the Slough Town Supporters Trust would like to place on record it’s sincere thanks to both Steve and his wife Sally for their hard work at the Club over the last decade.
After coming into the Club at a time of financial difficulty and instability, Steve steadied the ship and created a sustainable model of a Club designed to push forward and back up the non-league pyramid. Improvements on the pitch soon followed with the appointments of long-term management under Steve Bateman and then Neil Baker and Jon Underwood bringing the Club back up the leagues with two playoff wins. Meanwhile, the Club has grown away from the first team with the inclusion of the Slough Town Community teams and Women’s teams and established itself back within the community.
Off the pitch, Steve will no doubt also be remembered for his massive contribution to returning the Club to Slough by working with Slough Borough Council to create the fantastic Arbour Park project. The work did not stop following the Rebels Return, as Steve has almost constantly been in negotiations with the Council about the facility since – including creating the volunteer-run bar and catering arrangement for the whole facility. Even with the length of time it took to get the project to completion, Steve continued to push to bring the Club back to Slough and we will always be grateful to him for that - his contribution to our town by helping to create the community facility as well as returning the Club to the town cannot really be measured.
Credit must also go to Sally for her work with the Club, volunteering in the tea bar on matchdays as well as having to put up with all the work that Steve has put into the Club.
Steve has always been the kind of chairman to get stuck in, volunteering on matchdays doing whatever was needed to make sure that the matchday experience was going as well as possible, including running the outside bar during games so that the volunteers could watch the game. He was perhaps the least chairman-like chairman you could have imagined, doing the hard work and avoiding the spotlight. Never one to seek the attention or praise for what he did, you could always find Steve in amongst the fans on matchdays where he could quite easily be confused for any other fan.
We feel we can’t say it enough, but thank you Steve, Sally and the rest of the family, who have all contributed over the years to the success of our football club and turning it back into something to be proud of. Steve has always engaged well with the work of the Supporters Trust, as well as valuing the hard work of all the volunteers, and it has been a pleasure to work with him and we look forward to seeing him around Arbour Park in future seasons.
We wish John Porter the very best in his new position as acting chairman. We look forward to working with him and contributing to what will hopefully be the continued success of Slough Town FC.