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Malcolm Stedman resigns from his role as kitman at Gillingham Football Club

Gillingham’s long-serving kitman Malcolm Stedman has told fans he’s quit.

Stedman, in his late 70s, has already retired once, before returning under Ady Pennock three years ago.

Malcolm Stedman with League 2 title-winning boss Martin Allen and the championship trophy Picture: Barry Goodwin
Malcolm Stedman with League 2 title-winning boss Martin Allen and the championship trophy Picture: Barry Goodwin

He announced on facebook that he is stepping down after being informed - like many this week - that they are to be housebound for three months.

People at extra risk of infection from the coronavirus have been told to stay indoors.

His facebook message said: “Having been informed by NHS to be house bound to the end of June I terminated my employment as kit manager with immediate affect.

“I wish to thank the chairman, Gwen club secretary, Steve Evans (manager), Paul Raynor (assistant) and all other back room staff and past and present players, Jamie my assistant to Jackie and Sharon the cleaners and to all other staff at GFC and to all the supporters.

“I beg you all to stay safe over this unfortunate period I would also like to thank Jack and John Coveney for the help over the years.”

Stedman worked for the club during the League 2 championship campaign under Martin Allen and current boss Steve Evans only praised the kitman today (Wednesday), during the football club’s Q&A session, picking him out as one of the club’s unsung heroes.


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