Boro’s long-serving Commercial Manager Clive Abrey has announced he will be stepping into retirement at the end of the season after almost thirty years at the Club…
Joining the Club in 1994 after a decade of experience in sales, he linked up with ex-Chairman Victor Green at Stevenage and quickly established a rapport with local companies.
Above: Clive Abrey & Jon Nurse with the FA Challenge Trophy (2007)
He witnessed first-hand the highs and lows as Boro’ climbed the non-league divisions under manager Paul Fairclough, famously took on the might of Newcastle United as a non-league team and eventually gained promotion to the English Football League in 2010.
Above: Clive Abrey, Fraser Franks, Chris Day & Harry Beautyman with former front of shirt sponsor Astute (2017)
Chairman Phil Wallace said, “Clive was here when I arrived at Boro 23 years ago and he’s been with us through thick and thin. His affable style and concern for his sponsors has been the hallmark of his career. He’s been a point of reference for me when I’ve needed advice and, like me, has seen good and bad times at the Club. It really has been a rollercoaster of emotions over the years, and I don’t want to think about how many CEO’s Clive has reported to.
“His service to the Club is without equal and it’s my absolute pleasure to offer him a Life Vice Presidency position at Stevenage Football Club. Clive will join a select few that have dedicated decades of their life to the Club. In his usual style Clive doesn’t want presentations or fanfare on his departure but that doesn’t mean we won’t miss him, and it certainly doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the years of full-time commitment to Stevenage FC.
Thank you Clive, for your dedication and for the memories created”.
New CEO Mike Pink will head the search for Clive’s replacement, and we will start advertising for a new Head of Commercial shortly.