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DEPARTURE: Kitman Naz Ali leaves Reds

After 14 years, qualified solicitor Naz joins Wigan with ex-Red Leam Richardson

17 June 2021

Accrington Stanley wish kitman Naz Ali all the best as he has linked up with Wigan Athletic.

Current assistant kitman George Quigley will step up into Naz's role at the Wham Stadium.

Naz has been with the Reds for 14 years but is making a fresh start, joining Leam Richardson at the Latics, after their kitman, former Reds midfielder Ian Craney, moved to Ipswich Town with Paul Cook.

"It's with a heavy heart I leave Accrington Stanley," said Naz. "I was originally a steward and then moved to assistant kitman for the first season in the EFL.

"When Mick Schultz moved to Safety Officer, I took over the full-time role.

"The highs have been winning League Two in 2018 and the lows the 8-2 loss at Peterborough. That game should have never gone ahead due to the rain and it was a long trip back on a Tuesday night.

"I haven't ever forgot any item of kit or messed up, it's all been fine!

"I just want to thank John Coleman and Jimmy Bell for giving me the opportunity 14 years ago which has given me so many memories which I will always cherish but now I fell the time is right for a new challenge."

Naz also has a masters degree in law, gaining his qualifications while working full-time with the Reds.

"I always enjoyed the football side of things more than being in an office but it's always there."

Manager John Coleman said: "Naz is a great lad, he has been an integral part of the team, a fantastic personality and we are all sorry to see him go."

Everyone at Stanley wishes Naz the best of luck in the future.

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