who is trevor hemmings?
listed today their annual football rich list. David Beckham (£87m) is by far the richest player and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (£10.8bn) the richest investor, so no surprise there. But nestled in the investor list at 5th is one Trevor Hemmings with interests in both Charlton and Preston North End
. See full list here
So who is Trevor Hemmings and why is his ownership in Charlton not widely known?
The 70-year old Woolwich born Hemmings has spent almost his whole life in the north-west and has made his fortune from the property and leisure industry. He owns, amongst others concerns Littlewoods Pools
and the Blackpool Tower
as well as many of the countries piers, including Eastbourne
. He is also the largest single shareholder in Scottish and Newcastle
Nevertheless despite Hemmings being voted Lancastrian of the year
, the largest single shareholder in Preston normally gets short shrift from their fans who complain he uses his 30% ownership more for his own business reasons than in helping the club. In fact he is three times wealthier than Preston's local rivals owner Dave Whelan at Wigan. Something else that frustrates Preston supporters.
Hemmings is probably better known in the media for his love and ownership of horses including last year's Grand National winner Hedgehunter
. He is currently listed as owning 46 horses
So what about Charlton? I can only assume form his birthplace that he has an old affection for the Addicks, perhaps through his father. He is not listed as having any substantial interest in CAFC, which means he must own less than 3% of the club but maybe since the recent de-listing, he has bought in heavily? However before we get too excited Preston fans will tell you that piers and horses are where he splashes most of his cash.
To validate this Hemmings recently pulled out
of financing his local non-league club Chorley FC