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40 Years of Ryan Jervis

2 August 2021

PA announcer Ryan Jervis recognised by the EFL for 40 years of service to Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

Shrewsbury Town's very own Ryan Jervis has received recognition and an award from the EFL to acknowledge his 40 years of service to Shrewsbury Town.

Having walked through the doors of Gay Meadow 40-plus years ago in a working capacity, Ryan's voice over the loudspeaker has been a staple of Salop match-days for over four decades.

With many years of experience and stories, Ryan sat down with iFollow Shrews to share his reaction to receiving the award.

"First of all, thank you to the EFL for sending this lovely award," said Ryan. "I remember back in 1978 being asked to carry on doing the PA until further notice - I'm still waiting for someone to tell me it's over! It's a lovely award for something I feel privileged to do.

"I don't play football, I'm not an expert on football in any way, shape, or form but I have been delighted over the years to play a small part in the history of Shrewsbury Town Football Club. 1978. I can't remember the game because I was probably too nervous.

"I remember arriving at the stadium, there was big a stack of records, an old-fashioned record player and a mic on the end of a bit of wire. I can see it vividly now as if it was yesterday, he asked me if I wanted to do the records or the mic. I did the mic, he did the records and that was it. A message came after the game saying would I carry in doing it - here we are 40-plus years on.

"Awards are lovely but people who receive awards will probably often say they are humbling and a little bit embarrassing. It has just been a huge privilege to be a part of Shrewsbury Town."

All at Shrewsbury Town Football Club would like to congratulate Ryan on his award and would like to thank him for his 40 years of exceptional service. 

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