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Cliff Ponting – Trust Focus: Trust Secretary

1.Who are you?

I am Cliff Ponting , a 63 year old Town fan , born and brought up in Swindon and a Season Ticket holder in the Arkells.

My father worked in the Railway Works as a Coppersmith – he was a die hard Town fan as were all his mates. I was brought up on tales of Maurice Owen and Sammy Burton, so following the Town was inevitable. He used to take me to see the “stiffs” (the Reserves) when I was very young – a great view from the old Shrivenham Road stand. Once I was at Senior School I started watching Town with my school mates on a regular basis, walking
from Penhill to the County Ground on match days.

2. Whats your day job?

I am semi retired after having a career in the IT and Telecoms Industries with my last
“proper” job being a Technical Sales Director for a large Telecoms vendor. Nowadays I build
affiliate websites , dabble in the stock and cryptocurrency markets and promote a company in
the forefront of proximity marketing.

3. How long have you been a Swindon fan?

I have been following the Town on a regular basis since the 1966/67 season.

4. Why did you join the STFC trust board ?

I joined the Trust as a member in 2005 and the Trust Board in 2010 as I felt an organisation
with the fan’s interests at heart was worthy of support. I’ve distributed Orange hats and
leaflets on behalf of the Trust and subscribed to the Red Army Fund.

5. What expertise do you bring to the Trust board?

I joined the Trust Board in 2010, my function is Trust Secretary. I take the minutes at Trust
Board Meetings and AGMs and am responsible for filing Annual Returns to the FCA listing
the Trust’s activities as a Community Mutual. After spending many years working in a
Technical Pre Sales environment I am IT literate and have plenty of experience in compiling
bids and proposals as well as years of experience in meeting management and governance.

6. Whats your vision for the football team on the pitch?

We have to be realistic and appreciate that we are fundamentally a “League One/League
Two” team with hopes of reaching the Championship. Having seen every single team in
League Two last season and League One the season before we can safely assume that the
standard in these two leagues isn’t that good – given the necessary backing and support from
all quarters I think it’s realistic for us to aim for the Championship.

7. Whats your proudest moment as a Swindon fan?

Proudest Swindon moment would be seeing Peter Noble’s winning goal at the Hawthorns in
the 1969 League Cup Semi Final replay – I was stood right in line with his shot and
remember the absolute elation when we won and knew we were heading for Wembley.

8. Who has been your favourite ever Swindon player and Manager?

Favourite Player – John Trollope, the most consistently good player I have ever seen in a
Town shirt. The term “legend” is appropriate for Trollope – we probably will not see another
player record so many appearances in a Town shirt.

Favourite Manager – A difficult choice , I liked the approachable and down to earth manner
of Danny Williams who would always talk to us kids when watching the players training , the
sublime skills of Glenn Hoddle , the humour of Andy King and the passion of Di Canio .I
think Danny Williams just shades it!

9. Whats your overall vision for Swindon Town football club?

Players come and go, managers come and go and even owners come and go but one thing
remains consistent – the fans. I would like to see the Trust membership increased to a
significant level where we could truly be regarded as having a mandate from the fans in order
to work closer with the club to improve the fans match days experience and lines of
communication with the club over numerous issues such as ground redevelopment and ticket
pricing.”