by NEIL GREENLEES
Councillor Ronnie Crawford and
Alderman Ivan Davis present
Denis Shephard Crewe United
President and Chairman Tom
McKenna with a plaque.
THE President of Crewe United Football Club
has said its involvement in important community initiatives is
just as important as the soccer played by its members.
Mr. Dennis Shephard, who was speaking at a
function to mark his 25th year in the position, highlighted the
'torch of hope project which Crewe began in 1994 in conjunction
with Warrington Council.
The aim of this project, he explained, was to
use sport as a means of promoting a more positive image of
"We have always placed great emphasis on this
partnership and we always look forward to guests from Warrington
coming to our formal dinner dance," he added.
Warm tributes were paid to Mr. Shephard, who
became President after the sad death of his father Joe in 1982.
A presentation was made by Alderman Ivan Davis
and then Deputy Mayor Councillor Ronnie Crawford who has now
become the City's First Citizen.
Mr. Davis said he had a long association with
the Club and was delighted to be involved in making the
presentation to such a "dedicated and faithful servant.
"He presided over the Club with the intention
of developing and fostering community relations not only in the
province but further afield. The Warrington Project bore
testimony to this," he added.
Mr. Crawford said he was pleased to be involved
with the presentation.
He spoke of the progress being made by Crewe
and said the new football pitch was 'clear evidence' of how the
Club saw its future.