Wrexham AFC would like to recognise with sincere sadness, the passing of former Chairman and President of the National League, Bill King.
Bill was associated with the League for over 40 years, first becoming involved as Chairman of Runcorn FC and then afterwards in a similar role with Altrincham FC. A pioneer in helping to form the League in 1979, Bill became Vice-Chairman in 1985 and then Chairman in 1989, when he succeeded the late Jim Thompson.
Bill served as Chairman for 17 years and developed the League from the original 22 Clubs to the current membership of 68. Along the way he oversaw the rise of the North and South divisions and helped secure automatic promotion for one club and then two clubs. Succeeded as Chairman by Brian Lee MBE in 2007, he was appointed President and elected as a Life Member.
What many people don’t know was that secretly Bill was a former shareholder and supporter of Wrexham AFC and was one of the first supporters to join the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST), only stepping down his membership when it became a conflict of interest with his role as a National League administrator. He was instrumental in the survival of the Club, providing support and advice to the Wrexham Supporters Trust to aid our takeover of the Club to ensure its survival.
Director Spencer Harris expressed his sadness at Bill’s passing and remarked: “In our situation back in 2011, when the Trust were taking over ownership of Wrexham AFC, there were plenty of heroes who helped ensure the survival of the club. Many of them never got any limelight or indeed, many fans would not know of their contribution, which ensured we all still have a club to follow today.
“Bill was one of those people.
“I, and other Board members, got to know Bill and his wife Jane over that period, and he was a real gentleman and one of nicest people you could imagine. When leaving his position on the Board of the National League, Bill and Jane both became season ticket holders at the Racecourse for a number of seasons, until poor health made it impossible for him to continue to follow the team in person.
“On behalf of everyone at Wrexham AFC a big heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Bill for the support he gave us in our hour of need, and condolences to Jane and family on the loss of one of the great ambassadors of football.”