Well respected and trusted by colleagues and supporters alike during his long association through South Wales Police, Simon, as Football Liaison Officer to Cardiff City was known to be one of the good guys. He was someone who could apply a much needed context, fairness and an understanding of what it means to support a football club when in the line of duty. It was this approach that gained Simon an impressive reputation across the UK among his peers, while his open and friendly nature was also very much appreciated and valued amongst Cardiff City supporters.
Following his recent retirement from SW Police, he took up the offer of joining Cardiff City Football Club as our Deputy Safety Officer. His reputation also welcomed a quick summer engagement by LOCOG, Simon taking the role of Safety & Security Advisor for Wembley National Stadium during the London 2012 Olympic football tournament.
Professionally and personally, Simon will be very much missed.
Speaking of his close friend and colleague, Cardiff City Stadium Manager Wayne Nash said, "After his retirement from South Wales Police I was delighted to offer him employment at Cardiff City, continuing the excellent work he has undertaken for over ten years in connection with the club. Fans loved Simon as he was brought up old school, knew his stuff and was always well prepared. His style meant he policed from within after gaining acceptance.
"His family have lost their hero and many of us have lost a much loved and valued colleague. Football has lost a cherished member of its fraternity. It is in his honour and memory that we provide safety and security at tonight's Wales v Belgium football fixture at Cardiff City Stadium."