Nantwich Town vs Ashton United Match-Ball Sponsored in Memory of the Late Phil Johnson

Photographs: Jonathan White

Saturday’s match ball sponsorship came from the family of the late Phil Johnson.

Nantwich Town vs Ashton United: Presentation of the match ball by the family of Phil Johnson to officials (photograph: Jonathan White)

Phil was the club’s loyal Press Officer during the Dabbers’ rise from the depths of the NW Counties League to the cusp of the Conference North.

Nantwich Town vs Ashton United: Presentation of the match ball by the family of Phil Johnson to officials (photograph: Jonathan White)

Previously Non-League correspondent for BBC Radio Stoke, Phil’s gravelly tones were a perfect pitch for the football airwaves but when he hung up his mic, he brought his love for the game to Jackson Avenue. With typical enthusiasm, he took up the new role of Press Officer – perfect timing as his professionalism and passion was used to great effect as the Dabbers came under the national spotlight in lifting the FA Vase in 2006. Phil’s warm humour would always light up a cold afternoon at a North West Counties League outpost and the words he crafted never failed to do justice to the players or the occasion. Never any need for spin – just true authenticity.

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