Gate chairman to stand down

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Squires Gate FC chairman Stuart Hopwood is to step down at the end of the season to spend more time with his family.

The North West Counties League premier division club has launched the search for his successor.

Hopwood said: “I’ve enjoyed my time as chairman but I feel it’s the right time to hand over the reins after six years in charge.

“I’d like to thank all the players, committee members, ground-staff and all the volunteers for all their hard work over the years.

“I will pop back from time to time to support the team and see some old faces.”

The School Road club is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic person with the drive and determination to help the club fulfil its potential.

A club statement reads: “We have an excellent clubhouse, one of the best pitches in non-league football, new dressing rooms and floodlights, a 21-year ground lease and a first team consisting of 20 registered players and management.”

Gate have started 2012 brightly under player-boss Russ McKenna, winning both matches including a victory over second-placed Ramsbottom, though they remain in the bottom four of the premier division.

Anyone interested in the role is invited to contact club secretary John Maguire on 07881 767443.