Club secretary Kevan Platt resigns from Norwich City
Norwich City club secretary Kevan Platt has resigned with immediate effect, the Championship club confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
Platt, a long-time Carrow Road servant, has also resigned from his position as chairman of the Community Sports Foundation – formerly the club's Football in the Community programme.
Both decisions have been made for 'personal reasons', say the club, with no further explanation provided. In a short statement on its official website, City added: 'We would like to thank Kevan for his service in the various roles he has worked in for the club.'
A former pupil of Blyth Jex School in Norwich, Platt had served City for virtually his entire working life – and has been a supporter for a lot longer than that, attending his first match at Carrow Road in September 1968.
He later met his wife Ann through their mutual love of the Canaries.
Platt joined the club's office staff as long ago as 1980, his first appointment being as a lotteries clerk. He also worked for City's travel club alongside another club stalwart Duncan Forbes, quickly becoming a familiar figure to fans who regularly hit the road to support their team.
He also served as club shop manager before focusing on administrative duties as assistant secretary. Platt worked under three secretaries at Carrow Road – Bert Westwood, Nigel Pleasants and Andrew Neville – before taking on the important administrative role himself in December 1998, first as football secretary and then, from the 2000-2001 season onwards, as club secretary.
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Before that he combined his office duties with the job of programme editor, overseeing its production from the mid-1980s until he took his new posititon. The programme won a number of awards during Platt's lengthy spell in charge.
Another string to his bow was the role of the club's press officer, while he was also a key member of the Norwich City Historical Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving all aspects of the club's history for future generations.
There was no word from the Canaries on who will now take up Platt's duties – or indeed whether he will be replaced.