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Corky quits fans' group he founded.

Byline: David James

ONE of Cardiff City's most high-profile fans has spoken of his pride in the Supporters' Trust as he steps back from his responsibilities with the fans group.

Paul Corkery, the former Valleys Ram who founded the Trust in 2007, said he hoped the increasingly influential supporters group could be developed and even earn a non-speaking place around the club's board table.

Paul, known as "Corky", is stepping down from his role as chairman on medical advice. The 51-year-old former coal miner from Treharris lost his right leg in an accident at Taff Merthyr colliery in 1978 and has been advised by his consultant to minimise his involvement in the Trust.

He said: "I just hope other people take it on. Perhaps the way forward is to get a Trust rep on the board, just someone to sit there and listen.

"The Trust is a lot of work but it's all set up now; I just hope someone else can take it forward. Fans need someone proper who can represent the their interests.

"The movement is good and the structure is all good; it's just getting fans to believe in something."

Corky, a lifelong Bluebirds fan, also serves as the secretary of FSF Cymru, which is the Welsh branch of the national Football Supporters' Federation.

Supporters' Trust vice-chairman Tim Hartley led the tributes, saying: "On behalf of the board, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for the incredible amount of work Corky has put into the Trust over the last couple of years.

"Paul was the man who got things started in November 2007 when he called the initial meeting aimed at setting up a trust for Cardiff City supporters, and since then he has been tireless in his efforts to help the organisation become properly established.

"He has done a wonderful job for the fans of our club throughout the last nine years, so hopefully he will now enjoy a well-deserved break."

Membership secretary Dave Sugarman added: "Corky is very disappointed at having to step down but obviously his health must come first. "He's become a good friend to a great many Bluebirds fans over the years and his unique brand of leadership will be sorely missed by everyone involved in the Trust.

"Having said that, I know Paul is a very firm believer in the Supporters' Trust movement and he's rightly proud of what our Trust has managed to achieve so far, so I'm sure he'll be involved again in some capacity once he's had a rest and regained his strength."


Paul Corkery, centre, is stepping down as chairman of Cardiff City Supporters' Trust on medical advice
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 5, 2010
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