Who are you?
I am bazil stanley solomon, I am 51 and I live in swindon. I grew up in south africa, and have lived & worked in swindon for over 22 years. I am a passionate swindon town fan for many years & play walking football now but for some amateur football teams growing up.
What’s your job?
I am a business owner, part-time teacher and a local councillor. I am the chair of the swindon & wiltshire fa iag. My background is primarily in developing communities, civic leadership, teaching & training and business analysis. I have been working in the industry now for over 31 years and love my job, a calling for me. I am driven by community, business and in increasing participation in football, with innovation and tradition to help organisations thrive.
How long have you been a fan of swindon town?
I have been a fan since I visited stfc stadium and went to swindon games over the past 22 years. I support the growth of football in swindon & wiltshire. I was at the swindon town versus manchester city, I was glad with my friends watching from arkells stand when swindon scored a goal against them!
Why have you joined the board of swindon town supporters’ trust?
I joined the trust board because I love swindon town football club and want to increase participation from all the communities that live around the stadium and help to develop the stadium. We need investment & to promote the positives of our club & stadium locally & worldwide. I believe together with so many that with trust ownership we can indeed invest in the ground and its facilities. It is to develop the county ground for fans with greater amenities. Inspiration for the football club & on the field play success. I work hard work, have business acumen and network contacts. The trusts strategy and overall message needs to be continously communicated to the fans in a transparent manner.
What expertise do you think you are able to offer?
Building community, developing individual, family and community resilience around football a great sport. My business it expertise & leadership from grassroots developing the sport.
What is your vision for swindon town’s football team?
Premier league, upgraded stadium & championship with ever increasing support for the team and fans.
What’s been your proudest moment as a swindon town fan?
How we fought to get stfc going again after some difficult years. The spirit of swindon town footballers & the fans for swindon versus manchester city, we score & the fans roared.
Who has been your favourite swindon player and manager?
There are many that done us proud.
Footballers: the general, lee peacock, charlie austin, mccready.
Managers: glen hoddle & lou macari.
What’s your vision for swindon town?
Good management, ownership and strategic plan for the club. A championship club. People of swindon take pride in their club. Grassroots talent on the pitch. Fans own the stadium and also maybe one day the football club through the trust ownership. Investors helping us grow.
Swindon, local schools and clubs, making the fixtures more cost effective for fans to encourage individuals, families and all our communities and both previous and new fans to come along to support the club.
Ultimately my vision is for a winning club.