Today as we enter 2018, it is appropriate to state that at the end of this 2017-18 season, our Chairman Mr David Craddock will sadly step down.
David aka DC, was approached back in 2013 by Bob Jeffries to become the Chairman of the reformed Llanelli Town AFC, after the then Llanelli AFC went into liquidation. Without hesitation, DC quickly took up the reigns and consolidated the club using his business prowess, his endless list of contacts and his endeavour to put Llanelli Town AFC where it belongs, at the highest place possible in Welsh football.
Bob Jeffrey has summed up the last five years stating:
“To say it has been an eventful five seasons is an understatement. When I first approached DC to takeover the Reds we did not even know what league we would be playing in. It was always thought the we would be competing in the Carmarthenshire league and so the staff who stayed at the club Neil Dymock, Gary Lloyd, John England, Keith John, Kevin Mcnab and myself set and devised a five year plan to get the Reds back to Welsh League Division 1. My first objective was to get DC on board as Chairman of the club. We needed a local businessman who was respected and recognised throughout the local community and beyond to drive the club forward and DC was the ideal person to do it. After umpteen phone calls and meetings and a lot of pestering DC agreed to come on board. The first thing we did was pick a name for the new club and Llanelli Town FC was formed and we set our stall out to play in the Carmarthenshire league. Due to maybe luck or determination by us all and Barry Town’s lawsuit against the FAW, we actually found ourselves in Welsh League Division 3 and as they say the rest is history.”
The towns football community will forever be indebted to David for not only keeping the football team going but for making dreams become reality over the last few years, with potential promotion to the WPL so close.
What David has done for football in the town is nothing less than a miracle in such a short period, using his own finances to grow the towns football community, using his own time in and out of his own company to ensure that the club is run correctly. Thanks to David, the club has and will continue to be in the black, with no outstanding debts. David has always insisted that the towns football team should be for local talent and this is a philosophy of which has been instilled within the Academy set up.
David always came into the club with a 5 year plan and unfortunately for us, that plan is now coming to an end. DC will leave the club in a good place at the end of the season, whether we achieve promotion or remain in the Welsh League Division one.
I personally have learnt quite a lot over the last 18 months, where I would speak to DC on nearly a daily basis, more times than my wife.
To that end, on behalf of all the players, coaches, committee members, supporters, sponsors (past and present), I would like to wish David a happy retirement for the end of the season and thank him for everything that he has done for football in our community. We look forward to the next 5 months.
Investment is very much needed within the club and if there is anyone out there who would like to be a director etc in the club, then please contact myself at the following email address or via my social links: