United we stand as Ray calls it a day

Ray Bibby and BUFC Chairman Ronnie Johnson NNL-161027-152335001
Ray Bibby and BUFC Chairman Ronnie Johnson NNL-161027-152335001

Banbury United received a farewell present from a long-time town resident and loyal club supporter prior to him moving away.

Ray Bibby, 80, moved to Banbury in 1973 but has now decided to return to his hometown of Exeter. And as a parting gift he handed over a donation of £1,000 to the club.

Mr Bibby is a former army serviceman having reached the rank of Staff Sergeant Major. It was during his military career that his love of football and his skills as a player became evident as he played as goalkeeper for Army Far East (Hong Kong) and Army Middle East (Aden).

His footballing adventures were not confined to military teams and Mr Bibby also played for Taunton Town in the Western League and had trials with Bristol Rovers and Exeter City.

Before retiring from active duty he was also enjoyed time as manager of CAD Kineton FC.

In recent years Mr Bibby has been a regular at The Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium enjoying the resurgence of Banbury United and the atmosphere in the ground.

Mr Bibby said: “I am really impressed by the progress of the club since the fan takeover and creation of the Community Benefit Society and as a sports enthusiast I decided to make a financial gesture as a parting gift as I return to my home town.

“I do though hope to see the team if any away games are near to home or if I make a return visit in the future. “I wish Banbury United all the best in the coming years.”

Mr Bibby was thanked by Banbury Club chairman Ronnie Johnson at the recent game against Frome Town.