Altrincham Football Club is saddened to hear of the death of our former Chairman Bill King. Bill was one of the leading figures in the non-league game for many years and played a significant part in the development of the game at our level.
Bill was already a major force in the North West and joined the Altrincham board in 1992 after being Chairman of Northwich Victoria. Later that year, he succeeded Geoff Lloyd as Chairman and presided over a difficult period financially for Altrincham Football Club, with the Robins having one of the lowest playing budgets in the National League under manager Gerry Quinn.
Against all of the odds, Altrincham finished 10th that season and famously beat Chester in the FA Cup 1st Round before bowing out to Port Vale.
Bill remained Chairman until the return of John Maunders brought significant investment to the football club, with Maunders then taking over as Chairman in 1994.
He was a regular visitor to The J. Davison Stadium for the next 24 years and was last at Moss Lane as Alty closed in on the play-offs towards the end of last season.
Altrincham Chairman, Grahame Rowley adds: “we are deeply moved to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill joined the Club Board in 1992 and his clarity and vision for the game soon led to him becoming Chairman. In 1994 he stepped away to spend more time leading the Football Conference and has been instrumental in making it what it is today, a major player in the football industry! What a great job he did! He will be remembered with much fondness by all at Alty and to the end he remained a true and loyal friend to us.”
As Grahame points out, Bill had played a major role in developing the Alliance Premier League, later to become the Football Conference and then National League. Vice Chairman from 1985 until appointed as Chairman of the League in 1989. He spent 17 years in charge of the league and was at the helm when the North and South Divisions were set up in 2004.
Everybody at the club send our condolences to his wife Jane and all of his family. He will be sorely missed.