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Legends - Chris Smith

3 July 2012

Legends - Chris Smith

Chris Smith

The wraps were today taken off Shrewsbury Town's second Hall of Famer - to reveal the only non-playing member.

Supporters figurehead Chris Smith has been named in an illustrious list of 10 legends who will be celebrated at a special gala dinner at the Greenhous Meadow on October 6.

Smith may not boast the eye-catching playing records of his fellow legends but his commitment and achievements for Shropshire's sole Football League club are beyond doubt.

For Smith has attended well in excess of 2,000 games, been the away travel supremo for 40 years and - despite battling Multiple Sclerosis in recent years - headed up the Super Blues supporters group as they raised more than £300,000 for a host of projects.

"You don't do what you do for accolades but it is very special when something likes this comes along," said Smith, who lives at Honnington Grange between Muxton and Newport.

"But I couldn't do it without an awful lot of support from people at both home and away games."

After attending his first match in 1959 along with his grandfather and former Town trainer and physio Sam Powell, Smith's only 'time-out' from being a regular at Town matches home and away came in 1973 and 1975 when he focused his own playing career with Wem Town.

His first voluntary work for Town came as a 13-year-old programme seller in 1965.

Away travel club duties came his way in the early 1970 and amongst his achievements at Town have been organising the first open day and forming the away supporters team - both of which still continue to thrive today.

"All I have always done is to try and put the fans first," he added.

"There have been difficult times and my family have had to put up with a lot.

"But it's largely been enjoyable. The club is in my blood and it's kept me going."

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