Meet the Team

Piero Zizzi

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Founder & Chair


Sports Marketing & Sponsorship Director from Birmingham. Former Head of Events & Partnerships for Pride in Football; the Alliance of LGBT+ Supporters' Groups.

Brummie Road Ender majority of my life.


First WBA Match: 3-0 vs Port Vale 1993 Play-Off Final - Wembley

Favourite Player: Jonas Olsson / Zoltan Gera


"Diversity runs through the DNA of this historic Football Club, it's about time we celebrated that."

Neil Basterfield

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Secretary


Human Resources Director, originally from Halesowen, currently residing in Berkshire.

 

First WBA Match: Hard to recall, earliest game I remember is losing 5-0 to Forest in 1984!

Favourite Player: impossible to pick one but currently Ahmed Hegazi is as good as it gets!


"Football can and should change lives. By embracing diversity and welcoming difference WBA is leading the way."

Sarah Robinson

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Vice Chair


Supplier Development Engineer living in North Birmingham. A Baggie for as long as I can remember, I blame my Dad!

Keen cyclist and former footballer for WBA WFC, Birmingham City Ladies, Kidderminster Harriers & Redditch Utd.


First WBA Match:  Nottingham Forest, night game in either 1982 or 83. Garry Thompson scored a diving header and was kicked unconscious by Gary Birtles in the process. 

Favourite Player: Bryan Robson / Zoltan Gera 


"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very
disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more
 important than that."
- Bill Shankley 

Richie Anderson

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Patron 


Radio and television presenter from Smethwick. BBC Radio 2's travel guy on Zoe Ball's Breakfast Show 6.30am-9.30am Monday to Friday and on BBC WM 95.6 every Saturday 10am-noon. 

Previously done a 250 mile bike ride and a 24 hour karaoke for Children in Need.

Also created a film on Homophobia in Football for BBC's The One Show. 

WBA supporter for over 20 years with a season ticket in The Smethwick End.

 

Favourite WBA Moment: 2002 Promotion year under Gary Megson

Favourite Player: Super Bobby Taylor and Darren Moore