Shrewsbury Town would like to say a huge thank-you to Sib Hayes for all her hard work over the past 21 years – with our popular shop manager leaving today.
Sib is incredibly well-liked by our supporters and will be sorely missed by everyone at the football club.
As a thank you for all her hard work, Sib has been made an honorary member of the Sovereign Club by our chairman Roland Wycherley MBE – ensuring she will still be a popular figure at the Croud Meadow every matchday.
In a note to our fans, Sib said: “Dear all, anyone who knows me knows I don’t get stuck for words very often and that I say what I think. But this is very difficult for me to put down in black and white.
“I have been associated with Shrewsbury Town Football Club since October 2002, starting out back at the picturesque Gay Meadow in a portacabin helping out on a part-time basis.
“Then, over time, I have move forward with the club to our new home here at the Croud Meadow.
“Now all good things must come to an end and my time with STFC is no different.
“Over the last 21 years, I have got to work with some wonderful people. I have made friendships for life and I will treasure the memories made.
“We have shared many laughs and tears for various reasons but overall I have enjoyed my time working with you all.
“I don’t want to single out anyone in particular, but I would like to make a special mention for Bob Hobden – who I call “Bob the Doorman.’
“I worked with him at both the Gay Meadow and he came to the New Meadow as well before he sadly passed away. He was an absolutely brilliant person.
“I would also like to thank Lynn and Ann and other volunteers who have helped over the years.
“Having worked for the chairman for several years I’m grateful to have had an excellent working relationship with him and would like to thank him for his support during my time with STFC. It’s been a pleasure.
“Now to the fans. Where do I start? I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the fans – the home fans, the away fans and especially those Town fans from abroad.
“You really have all made your mark on my time here and I won’t forget the kindness, gratitude and compassion you have shown to me.
“Again, I have made some wonderful friends and I look forward to seeing you in the stands – or at the bar – rather than at the till.
“During my time I have experienced it all! The highs of promotion and the lows of relegation. The madness of getting the shirts ready for open days and getting merchandise on offer and with a quick turnaround for play-off finals and cup runs.
“And I have to say I’ve loved every second of it – even if it was hard work.
“COVID-19 saw me working within the ticket office for a while. It was an interesting experience but as all families had to do over that time, we worked together to get things done and that is what I feel we are at Shrewsbury Town – a proper family.
“I’m leaving my position at STFC in order to spend some more time with my family, in particular my grandchildren. They are growing up very quickly and I want to enjoy every minute with them.
“Thank-you all once again, the players, the staff past and present and the fans for everything. I’ve really enjoyed my time at STFC and I will see you all soon.”
Breathe on ‘em Salop.
Sib is really going to be missed at Shrewbury Town. Everyone at the club wishes her nothing but the best for the future.