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Gillingham chairman Paul Scally thanks departed secretary Gwen Poynter for her efforts

Departed Gillingham secretary Gwen Poynter has been hailed a club legend by several former players and the club have issued a thank you statement too.

The likes of Barry Ashby and Chris Hope paid tribute to Ms Poynter after it was revealed she has left the club after 26 years of service.

Gillingham say thanks to departed secretary Gwen Poynter (42826309)
Gillingham say thanks to departed secretary Gwen Poynter (42826309)

Ashby, who played close to 300 games for the club, described her as an “absolute class lady” and that she should be seen as a club legend.

Former goalkeeper Vince Bartram said likewise, writing on twitter: “Fans call the players legends but Gwen really was and is a Gills legend.

“Helped every single player that has ever played for the club. I for one will always appreciate what she did for me in my time at the club. All the best for the future Gwen.”

Chris Hope described her as a “lovely lady”, adding “We all know she was the one who really ran the club.”

Former Gills and England player Matt Jarvis added: “She’s an absolute diamond!”

Her work behind the scenes was recognised by club chairman Paul Scally, awarding her a special achievement award in 2013 at the club’s trophy presentation following their championship season in League 2.

Following the reaction to her surprise departure, the Gills have now also issued a statement, with Mr Scally praising her efforts over the years.

He said: “To say Gwen has been an important part of this club over the last 26 years would be a tremendous understatement. She has been a thoroughly dedicated individual, committed to doing her part to ensure the club succeeded in its goals.

“It has been an honour to work alongside her for so many years, in fact she has probably been the single person in this club that has kept me going, and focused, for so long and I am sure that, had she not been alongside me every step of the way, I most probably wouldn’t still be here now because, during difficult times, she has been a pillar of strength and has been a credit to herself and her family.

“It is my hope that once we get past this awful period that Gwen will come back in some sort of role, whether it be part-time or an honorary role, and I very much hope we haven’t seen the last of Gwen Poynter at Gillingham Football Club.”

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