Introducing the New BFCSA Chairman
The Supporters Association Committee would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce our new Chairman Eddie Thompson.
After Peter Williamson's resignation Vice-Chairman Alex Jones stepped in to fill the void as Caretaker/Chairman until Eddie's official election to the position in June. Tony 'Reckless' Hammond, our resident Michael Parkinson, reveals all Mr Thompson's secrets.
Eddie was born in 1944 and July 2009 marked his official retirement. "I was a professional insurance man having spent most of my career in the oil industry". In fact giving up work was a major factor in his taking over the reins of Chairman of the Association. "I have a little more time on my hands now" he smiled. Eddie has worked with young people as a youth club leader and has over the last few years organised the very successful Association General Knowledge Quiz fund-raisers.
Eddie has been married to Margaret for 36 years and they have two married children Clare who lives in Exeter and Richard who holds a season ticket in the main stand at Underhill.
When and why Barnet Football Club?
"My Father first bought me to Underhill in the 1950's in the days of the D'arcy brothers Denny and Alf. We had a great team and won the Athenian League season after season and had great runs in the Amateur Cup I was hooked".
Your Barnet FC heroes?
"There have been so many. Alf D'Arcy, Les Picking, Gerry Ward, Roger Figg and Bobby Brown standing out from my early days at Underhill. In modern times Gary Bull, Dougie Freedman and Linvoy Primus. My ideal hero is any forward that excites the Underhill crowd. This season either of the two Albert's, Yannick and Jake all fall into this category. We are lucky to have so many forwards with this level of talent.
I am lost with admiration for Paul Furlong, not only for his fitness which is an example to us all but for his enthusiasm which is rare in a League Two player who has played at the highest level in recent years".
"The FA Cup game, although we lost, against Preston North End in 1964 was a memorable occasion with over 10,000 packed into Underhill. Winning the Conference, both times and going to Wembley in 1959 against Crook Town unfortunately not to see a win for the Bees".
How did you become involved with the BFCSA?
"I have been a member for most of my Barnet career and have always joined in the fund raising, supporting events and the like. I accepted an invitation to join the committee some four years ago how or why my name came forward I have no idea, but I am glad it did". Eddie's wife Margaret is a lecturer in floristry and balloon artistry at Capel Manor in Enfailed and is always called upon these days if the Committee needs to organise a bouquet or a flower arrangement.
Your aims as the new Chairman?
"I firmly believe that the SA has a role to play in the success of the club both on and off the pitch. Whilst we are an independent organisation we exist for one reason and that is to represent our members who whatever views they hold want nothing more than Barnet to be successful football club.
Close relationships with the Chairman and the club have been and are developing and we will continue to build on these for the mutual benefit of our members. The committee I am delighted to report is working to be in tune with our members and the club as has been evidenced in a small way by the beneficial dialogue over the price of beer in the Pavilion".
Can we stay at Underhill?
"For now yes, in the long term clearly not. A modern stadium of the kind we visit so often during the season in League 2 is a must for the long term health of the club".
Your hopes for this season on the pitch?
"Promotion obviously and in the various cup competitions if we have to go out only to a better side after giving our all both on the pitch and on the terraces".
Favourite chocolate bar?
"An old fashioned Mars Bar, normal or Kingsize I don't mind. As they say a 'Mars a day helps you work rest and play'".
Favourite TV shows?
"I have to say I try to watch Channel Four News. New Tricks probably shows my age but I am up for any good sci-fi programme particularly Star Trek".
Indian or Chinese?
"Either but I prefer Thai".
EastEnders or Corrie?
A quote to sum up Eddie's current life style?
"Having only retired on July 31st I am still working on this".
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