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Rob West accepts offer to replace the late Jim Parsons as Maidenhead United club president

Steve Jinman

Maidenhead United are pleased to announce that Rob West has accepted the offer to replace the late Jim Parsons as club president.

A Maidonian by birth, Rob still lives locally with his family in Kiln Green. He attended Maidenhead Grammar School for Boys (now Desborough College) and went onto read Law at Clare College Cambridge. He has gone on to have a long career in the legal profession, becoming a partner in the International Law firm, Baker & McKenzie.

Rob was introduced to the club by his late father Cliff, himself a former Chairman and President of the Magpies. He cherishes his boyhood memories of the 2-1 defeat to West Auckland Town at York Road in February 1960 in the 3rd round proper of the FA Amateur Cup and the 0-5 (“over the line”) defeat away to Colchester United in the 1st round proper of the FA Cup in November 1960.

In due course he joined the club committee fulfilling a number of roles such as Press Secretary and PA Announcer. He became Chairman in September 1986 later sharing the role with Jim Parsons. Together they steered the club through stormy waters off and on the pitch with an act of arson destroying the main stand followed by the United’s first ever relegation.

Rob went onto become a trustee of the York Road ground, and along with fellow trustees Jim Parsons and current vice chairman Bob Hussey, ensured it would continue to host the Magpies to this day.

An active supporter for many years, he has since become a season ticket holder and continues to attend matches regularly, watching home games from the stand. In more than sixty years watching the Magpies he says nothing so far can rival that day in Margate in April 2017 when United clinched the National League South title.

Following his appointment Rob said: "As a dedicated Magpies supporter, who has had the pleasure of serving the Club in various roles over many years, I was delighted when the Board recently asked me to accept the role of Honorary President. The Club has made tremendous strides over the last few years and I am very proud to continue to be associated with it in this way."

Club Chairman Peter Griffin said: “On behalf of the club I am delighted that Rob has accepted the position of President. His personal and family connections with the club stretch back over many decades and it is fitting that we are able to recognise that in this appointment. Following on from previous President Jim Parsons, whose sad passing earlier this year left the club a poorer place, we have made an appointment that recognises another club stalwart and continues a fine tradition”.

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