Cape Town - Scunthorpe United have appointed former England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham as their new club president.
According to the Scunthorpe United website, Botham made 11 first team league appearances as a
footballer for the Iron between 1980 and 1985 while living locally, and
his affinity with United has remained strong ever since.
Iron chairperson Peter Swann said: “We had a table at the ball to mark his
retirement from fundraising walks on Monday. I thought it would be great
if we could offer him the opportunity to become Scunthorpe United
President. He accepted it without hesitation.”
“It’s a couple of seasons since we lost John Godfrey (the former
President). We spoke as a board and thought Sir Ian would make an ideal
ambassador for us.”
“Sir Ian’s other work means he’s out of the
country a lot, but he comes to watch the Iron when he can and also
regularly watches on a feed when away. He’s always very vocal in his
support for the club.”
“He has a great affinity with the Iron and will be a fantastic ambassador for Scunthorpe United.”
Scunthorpe United are currently in fifth spot in League One.