Pompey board send best wishes to Ken Malley

Pompey supporters' Trust chairman Ken Malley
Pompey supporters' Trust chairman Ken Malley
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Members of Pompey’s board have sent their best wishes to Ken Malley, who has suffered a stroke.

The chairman of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust was taken ill on Friday and is currently in the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

I have worked very closely with Ken for the last few years and our thoughts are very much with his family at this difficult time

Ashley Brown

A popular and well-respected figure in football overall, the 70-year-old is an executive director of the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF).

Malley is also a co-founder of the Trust and chaired the members’ open meeting in April at Fratton Park.

And his friends and colleagues have sent him their regards as he remains in hospital.

Club and Trust board member John Kimbell said: ‘We wish Ken all the best.

‘His passion is Pompey and all things related to it, while he is well respected in football.

‘As a Pompey family, we have been incredibly touched by the number of get-well messages through the Trust and social media channels from fellow supporters of the club. The sentiments are thoroughly appreciated by everybody and we thank all for their kindness during such a difficult time.

‘Our thoughts are with Ken and his family.’

Malley stepped up from his role as vice-chairman to take over as the Trust’s chairman in December 2014, replacing Ashley Brown.

Brown, who remains a board member of both the club and the Trust, is also among the many Blues well-wishers.

He added: ‘I have worked very closely with Ken for the last few years and our thoughts are very much with his family at this difficult time.’

Malley was a pivotal figure in the formation of the Trust – and has remained heavily involved since the community ownership was successful in April 2013.

This culminated in being voted in by members for a second successive time during the September 2013 Trust elections.

Despite living in Devon, Malley’s commitment to supporters’ causes has been unaffected and he has been an advocate for safe standing to be installed at Fratton Park, while he is a regular contributor to the Sports Mail through the away travel guide for supporters.

Through his sterling FSF work, Malley was involved in seeking justice for a 14-year-old Blues supporter who was mistreated at Shrewsbury in April 2013.

In May 2014, the youngster was awarded £3,500 in compensation by the police.