Pompey Supporters’ Trust chairman Ken Malley dies

Pompey supporters' Trust chairman Ken Malley
Pompey supporters' Trust chairman Ken Malley
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Pompey Supporters’ Trust chairman Ken Malley has died aged 70.

Mr Malley passed away yesterday afternoon following a stroke.

He had been taken ill on Friday last week and was being cared for at the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

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

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

He 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.

Mr 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 was unaffected and he was an advocate for safe standing to be installed at Fratton Park, and also a regular contributor to the Sports Mail through the away travel guide for supporters.