Jacqui Forster

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It is with huge sadness to hear that Jacqui Forster passed away after a long and courageous fight against cancer on Sunday.

Jacqui fell in love with football having been taken to watch her beloved Altrincham by her Dad, standing on the terraces and prompting her to help set up a supporter’s trust. Her work caught the eye of Brian Lomax and after joining Supporters Direct in 2003, it gave her a platform to help supporters find their voice across the country.  

Jacqui was passionate and dedicated, and has been involved in almost every one of the 200 supporters trusts at some stage of their development. Alongside her professionalism was a personality and warmth that will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all in the movement, and more latterly from her inspirational new venture, Women at the Game.

All our thoughts are with her family and friends and everyone who has been fortunate to work with Jacqui whilst at SD.

We will be building up a library of tributes so please do forward any memories you have and would like to share or if you’d prefer you can leave comments in the box below.

We will share more details of the funeral arrangements when they become available.

RIP Jacqui. 

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Very sad news about this wonderful woman who did brilliant work for SD. I hope she is watching England in heaven.

I am so saddened to hear this news. I worked closely with Jacqui to form a Partnership between Co-operative Energy and SD some years back and can honestly say that even through illness, she was one of the most dedicated and hardworking ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Rest peacefully Jacqui xx

Jacqui was also my contact when I commenced as secretary for the Fleet Trust (now the Fleet Supporters' Trust) at Ebbsfleet United (formerly Gravesend & Northfleet). She was tremendously helpful. I put her in contact with Neil Rose, then editor of The Legal Executive Journal and she contributed to a sports themed edition when I also submitted an article. She was simply excellent at her job and a true Alty fan. I am so sad to learn of her death.

Stripes (Stafford Rangers) are thankful for all the help Jacqui gave us by being on the end of a phone from our inception about 12 years ago. A much missed friend and colleague, and we are grateful that Jacqui attended, as our guest the Stafford v Altrincham fixture this season and that her beloved Alty got promotion.

Jacqui was my contact at SD when we started the journey towards forming a supporters trust at Hartlepool. Despite her illness at the time she made the long trip up to the North East and guided us through the process. Her profound belief in the principles were plain to see and her expertise invaluable. She even called me on one occasion when she was undergoing chemo. She was an inspirational woman and faithful to her principles throughout. Rest in peace Jacqui. God bless.

John McQue

So sorry to hear the sad news. Thank you Jacqui from all at M.U.S.T - you will be sadly missed but continue to serve as an inspiration.

Very sad loss of a truly dedicated fan of the non-league game. Jacqui always managed to hide her Alty-ness enough to throw herself into supporting other clubs in their dealings with Supporters Direct - even when that club emanated from Northwich. And I remember well that she took time out of holidaying down in Dorset (where I live) to meet me at a Wimborne Town game a few years ago to chat about the early efforts to set up 1874 Northwich (my home town club).

On behalf of the Castleford Tigers Supporters Club can I express our deepest condolences to Jacqui's family and friends at this very sad time. We got to know Jacqui very well in our early days and although we never became a trust, we valued every meeting and conference we attended .Jacqui's help and support helped us form a thriving supporters club, we will be forever thankful for her kindness and commitment . Thanks Jacqui. #CTSC14

I had the privilege of working with Jacqui and she was without a doubt one of the kindness most dedicated people I have ever worked with. She had a reputation for hard work, honesty and total commitment throughout the trust's she engaged with. Her colleagues and her boss would often turn to her for support and advice . She gave everything to her beloved club and to support the trust movement. She will be bady missed by her many friends , colleagues and by the game she so loved.

Jacqui was not just a colleague & mentor but a great friend. She believed in me when nobody else did and her legacy will live on in all of the Trusts & Supporter-Owned Clubs that she helped, advised & inspired.

We met at Alty over a half time hot Vimto on the terraces before I was a SD staff member & she made me instantly feel welcome and at ease.

We've had so many giggles over the years from hunting for Wimpy burgers to raiding Home Bargins on our lunch break!

Miss you and love you Jac x