Crawley chief executive to step down

Alan Williams will step down at the end of the season

Alan Williams will step down at the end of the season

First published in Crawley Town

Crawley Town chief executive Alan Williams will step down from his position at the end of this season.

Williams said: “When I look back at my three years in the role I do so with immense pride in what I have helped us to achieve.

“With the support of our shareholders and sponsors, we have gone from a non-league club to one challenging for the play-offs in League One while the Broadfield Stadium has been transformed along with the match day experience.

“We have a small but hardworking back-office team who have helped us achieve so much, of whom I am immensely proud. I have made many friendships with people who are part of Crawley Town FC including of course, many of our wonderful supporters, that I hope will endure for a long time.

“There have been some fantastic highlights: the trip to Old Trafford and two promotions stand out but I am also proud of what we have achieved off the pitch to make Crawley Town FC a well respected and admired member of The Football League.

“I feel it is time for me to step down and make way for someone else with a fresh perspective and new ideas to take the club to the next level.

“I will continue to be a director of the football club and the Board have tasked me with the responsibility of finding my successor. I look forward to working with them to create a seamless transition moving forward. “I sincerely hope they have as much enjoyment and satisfaction as I have had and I am looking forward to seeing Richie Barker and the players build on the success we have all enjoyed.”

Co-owner Susan Carter said: “It was with great reluctance that the Board accepted Alan’s decision to step down at the end of the season.

“Alan has played a major part in the transformation of the football club over the last three years. His input, enthusiasm and dedication is recognised and appreciated by everyone. Alan has been instrumental in building a successful ‘team’ off the field, who are equally dedicated to the success of Crawley Town.

“We are extremely pleased Alan is going to remain on the Board and will help us find his replacement. I’m sure all our supporters will join me and my fellow directors and shareholders in thanking Alan for the part he has played in the development of Crawley Town FC since he came to the club.”

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9:09pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Bowmanc says...

Alan has been a pillar of the Broadfield back room scene and there is no doubting his drive ambition effort and enthusiasm. Under his leadership the club has made excellent administration and structural progress in keeping with the heroics on the pitch. In this sort of position it’s true that you are never going to please everyone all the time and there have been the odd muttering of discord. However in the main its clear he has had development of CTFC close to his heart. He talks about the fan base and bringing memories to treasure. Having enjoyed a personal journey with CTFC myself over the past few seasons I just wanted to reminisce about a several occasions that our paths have crossed. The first was travelling back from Torquay after our wonderful victory in the FA Cup. He turned up at the motorway services as fans were tucking in fast food dinners and happily mingled with us. He said to me, ‘ we are in the entertainments business and it is our job to entertain the paying customers’. In my opinion CTFC has provided a lot of entertainment over the past few seasons.

The next was in a packed Redz bar for the 5th round draw. The place was rocking and when Manchester United away came out we nearly took the roof off. As pandemonium broke out I looked over at Alan who was staying cool and collected. He then had to give a round of media interviews while the rest of us went mad. I have told him since that afternoon was my best ever memory around a sports event.

Alan joined other board members during our joyous promotion celebrations at Accrington Stanley earlier in the year. It clearly meant a lot to him as I have never seen him looking so happy.



I just want to wish Alan and his family all the best for the future when he does eventually step down but for the next 6 months keep up the focus and effort to help get CTFC into the League One playoffs !
Alan has been a pillar of the Broadfield back room scene and there is no doubting his drive ambition effort and enthusiasm. Under his leadership the club has made excellent administration and structural progress in keeping with the heroics on the pitch. In this sort of position it’s true that you are never going to please everyone all the time and there have been the odd muttering of discord. However in the main its clear he has had development of CTFC close to his heart. He talks about the fan base and bringing memories to treasure. Having enjoyed a personal journey with CTFC myself over the past few seasons I just wanted to reminisce about a several occasions that our paths have crossed. The first was travelling back from Torquay after our wonderful victory in the FA Cup. He turned up at the motorway services as fans were tucking in fast food dinners and happily mingled with us. He said to me, ‘ we are in the entertainments business and it is our job to entertain the paying customers’. In my opinion CTFC has provided a lot of entertainment over the past few seasons. The next was in a packed Redz bar for the 5th round draw. The place was rocking and when Manchester United away came out we nearly took the roof off. As pandemonium broke out I looked over at Alan who was staying cool and collected. He then had to give a round of media interviews while the rest of us went mad. I have told him since that afternoon was my best ever memory around a sports event. Alan joined other board members during our joyous promotion celebrations at Accrington Stanley earlier in the year. It clearly meant a lot to him as I have never seen him looking so happy. I just want to wish Alan and his family all the best for the future when he does eventually step down but for the next 6 months keep up the focus and effort to help get CTFC into the League One playoffs ! Bowmanc
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