Football had always been a passion of mine, ever since I was a young boy. At the age of seven, I’d dream about playing for my team - Gillingham - emulating the likes of Tony Cascarino on the school field. By the age of eighteen, after I’d realised I couldn’t make it professionally, I’d found another dream – I wanted to manage a football team. My GCSEs, A-levels, they were all geared towards that aim. I went to interview after interview, looking for someone who was willing to take a risk, a risk on an eighteen year old with clear ideas, strategies. Unfortunately, they never took that risk, but the people next to me did.
The door opened with a creek, and the press poured in, like a barrier being lifted allowing a town to flood. The frenzy started pretty much immediately, cameras flashing, laptops opening and people typing away.
The press officer calmed everyone down, I took a deep breath and smiled. Today, today was the best day in my life.
CRM: Yes, my name is George Wilmont.
REP: Thank you. Now, you seem to be the leader of this project, despite having any obvious previous leadership experience. Why do you think you’re the man to lead this project?
CRM: If the guys next to me didn’t believe in me, then I wouldn’t be here. Yes, I am the leader, the organiser if you will, but the people next to me, on either side, they believe I have the quality to lead this. They’re some of the most successful, richest and famous people on the planet, and they must see something in me. And if they see something, then I’m here to lead – and I have the qualities.
REP: We all have this information booklet, but can you tell the wider world what exactly Project RED is?
CRM: Project RED is something that I have been brainstorming since I was about twenty. It’s been a dream, and over the last year, it’s come to reality. I am going to be the chairman, and owner – along with these very nice people next to me – of my own football club.
REP: That’s impressive, how did you managed to get the people next to you on board?
CRM: This is going to sound very odd, but I simply emailed a load of people who I thought would share the same ambition and passion as me, and these were the people who replied. We had a meeting a few weeks ago to finalise everything, and here we are, sitting here – announcing the project.
REP: You’re calling this a project, does this mean you have a clear idea of where you want to take the football club?
CRM: Yes, with anything in life, you need goals, ambitions, and we – as a team, certainly have that. If you want to reach the heights that we do, then you need goals.
REP: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
CRM: Well, I am thirty-three and I was born grew up in Canterbury – in Kent. My grandparents are Welsh, but my mum moved to Canterbury to go to Uni, and met my dad – and they’re still there today, as am I. I support Gillingham, as they were the biggest club in Kent, but in my twenties a dreamed about owning a club – a successful club – in the city I grew up in.
REP: Thank you, now let’s move on to the other board members of this project.