About the Author

21 Mar

Stephen Smith is over 50 and alive, both of these things coming as a surprise. 177

A lover of live art, a socialist, a martial artist, a member of the Labour Party, a trade unionist, a Rangers fan,  an occasional writer and now an ex-football player.

Originally from Paisley, Stephen lives in West Oxfordshire, having arrived after a thirty year journey via Paisley, Ottawa, Blackpool, Birmingham, Andover, Droitwich and Feckenham. And one or two other places.

He was a kitchen porter, a layabout, worked in a theme park, sang (badly) in a heavy rock band called Possessor and worked in NHS pensions, civil legal aid and disability benefits within the civil and public services before working for a trade union as an Organiser in the mid-90′s, then worked in education for 13 years.

He currently works for a health union, but won’t tell you which one.

Stephen was Chair of the Rangers Supporters’ Trust for three years and a Director for six, representing the Trust on radio and television and in print. From 2007 to 2012 he wrote a weekly column for The Scotsman newspaper on Rangers Football Club and has contributed regular pieces for ‘Follow Follow’ magazine since 1989. Now in his sixth decade as a Rangers fan and shows no signs of stopping.

He has visited the tombs of Comandante Che Guevara and comrade V.I. Lenin to pay his respects.

He also watched his footballing hero, Brian Laudrup play many times.

He has seen his musical hero, Bruce Springsteen, play many times in all four countries of the UK.

These things have made him very happy.

Stephen was elected as an honorary life member of the PCS Union in 1999 and was a judge for the Anne Frank Awards in 2009.

He’s a member of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Unite, the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association, Action for Southern Africa and sponsors the Big Issue Foundation, Shelter and Oxfam.

He was Secretary to the Labour Group on Redditch Council, but is now the Trade Union Liaison Officer for Witney Constituency Labour Party.

Any views, comments or opinions on this site are his, and his alone. They are not a reflection of any organisation Stephen is a member of or works for.

So if you’re unhappy about anything you read here, take it up with the author. Good luck with that…

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