Maintenance officer and head steward Richard Piercey was recognised with the club's Outstanding Contribution award at the club's end of season awards dinner last weekend; below is a copy of chairman Trevor Stroud's tribute.
The outstanding contribution award is an opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of somebody within the football club who has gone the extra mile, often over a lengthy period of time, to give their all for Wycombe Wanderers.
And this year’s winner certainly fits the bill. Everybody at the club has roles and responsibilities, whether it be to stick the ball in the net, to sell tickets, to serve the food, and so on and so forth. Yet this person’s contribution goes far beyond just do what his job title suggests.
When something needs fixing, or building, or even destroying, there’s only one man to call. This person is to ‘go to’ man to get things done, whether it’s here at Adams Park or up at the training ground. This often involves investing his own time outside of working hours, or spending his own money to obtain required parts, or bringing his own specialist tools to complete the job to the best of his ability.
But there’s so much more to this person’s efforts than simply maintenance. He’s the head steward on matchdays, and a major driving force in the Security & Events operation that arranges staffing for bookings across the whole of the local community, at all times of day, helping to bring in tens of thousands of pounds of additional much-needed revenue for the club.
He also contributes greatly to the formation of new policies and procedures around the club, working closely with the Safety Advisory Group and local authorities to make sure Adams Park is a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
Above all, he’s a long-time, committed supporter of the club – a no-fuss individual who’s won the undoubted respect and friendship of those around him, ever since walking through the door as a part-time steward in 2001, all the way through to the current day, where he’s approaching four years’ service as a full-time employee.
So ladies and gentlemen, I ask you to put your hands together for the winner of the 2018/19 Outstanding Contribution award… Richard Piercey.