Barry Richmond

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"Not hailing from a football orientated family I floated around all my mates teams, which included Celtic and Rangers, until one of them took me to a Killie game in 1987…and then I was hooked. Initially it was more about the days out, as history shows we got relegated that year and ended up in the bottom division, our lowest ebb, but the passion shown by our fans and the ability to put a brave face on things despite the desperate times made me want to be a part of it, so it was a season ticket in the bottom division for me and I’ve stuck with it ever since through the lows of midweek cup spankings from Stirling and Alloa to the highs of the cup wins and European nights.

I served my apprenticeship as a lithographic compositor in Ritchies the printers in Riccarton and have been there for over 26 years now, that lead me to help the KFCSA typeset and design the KTS magazine back in the day, and in turn that led to a partnership with Allan Auld in publishing the killiefc.com website which is still to this day the biggest hitting Killie website on the internet.

I was one of the four Killie fans who attended a meeting at Tynecastle about Trusts which led us to form the Kilmarnock Supporters Society Ltd back in 2003, and after serving on the board and then leaving to concentrate on other things, I was lured back in to serve on the board for the Fifty for the Future initiative which helped save our club’s youth development.

As it turned out FFTF became the most successful initiative ever undertaken by the Trust so the board members of it transferred over to the main Trust Board and it was around that time I took the position of chairman, which I served as from 2007 until 2014. I remain a board member and a great believer in our Trust and everything it stands for and my biggest hope is that eventually democracy will have its way. We all have a part to play and if we play the game to the best of our ability then the end result will be a true reflection of the time and effort we put in."

 

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