Mike Crompton - VIQI Chairman

I was born in Widnes in 1954 and attended Wade Deacon Grammar school (or should I say rarely attended – terrible place!). I have founded six companies, starting when I was 21. Five have been successful and one failed, so I have had experience on both sides of the tracks.

I was the founder and Chairman of a UK public company and I still have some business interests (it’s that or golf and I hate golf). I will be taking care of corporate governance for VIQI and ensuring we adhere to best practices in everything we do, with transparency being absolute key. As my background is in sales and marketing I can’t wait to get stuck into generating even more members for VIQI in order to secure and enhance the future of our great club.

I have been a Widnes fan for 55 years. My very first job was helping my Nana in the tea bar at the ground (I gave the pop bottle penny deposits back).

My most memorable Widnes moment was without doubt, October 4th, 1989 when we became World Club Champions. I couldn’t tell you what I was doing yesterday but every moment of that amazing night is etched on my brain. That said, a far more recent date runs a very close second for best moment. As I entered the North Stand around 2.35pm on Sunday March 3rd this year (for the Featherstone game, our first following the administration saga) I was amazed to find the stand so packed and we struggled to find seats. The atmosphere was electric. It made me so proud to be a Widnesian.

In terms of my Widnes hero’s there have been too many legendary players to settle on one. But my ultimate Widnes hero is my cousin Jeanie Thompson (who many of you will know). She has worked at the club on a voluntary basis for well over 50 years, though thick and thin. People like her are the real Widnes heroes.