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Walsall FC squad and staff become fully fledged members of the supporters trust

This is a story from the SD archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Walsall Football Supporters Trust (WFST) took a memorable trip to the Walsall FC training ground recently. Trust representatives were there to witness the entire Walsall FC Squad, and members of the playing staff, including Dean Keates (Manager), Andy Davies (Assistant Manager), Michael Oakes (Goalkeeper Coach), Marc Czuczman (Senior Physiotherapist), Callum Hayes (Performance Analyst), Nick Barnett (Strength and Conditioning Coach) and Tom Bradley (Kit Man), become fully paid members of the trust.

Walsall FC’s current manager, Dean Keates, is a big believer in the work that supporters trusts do at football clubs and worked very closely with Wrexham Supporters Trust throughout his time at Wrexham FC.

Speaking of the move, Keates said: “The work the supporters trust is doing is great,”.

“Players, fans, everybody – we are all in this together. All the lads have made a donation. They have all thrown in a little bit each to show they want to be part of the Walsall Supporters Trust.”

WFST Board endeavour to make ‘every’ player an ‘Honorary Member’ of the Trust as soon as they join Walsall FC, however, Dean pushed for the squad to be paid trust members, not just Honorary Members. This move by the club not only signifies the terrific work that WFST do but that clubs do notice the excellent work of supporters trusts across the country.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dean and all the players and staff for joining the WFST, and we look forward to seeing the great community work continue.

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