Long-serving Chairman steps aside...

LAST week marked the end of an era at Axminster Town Football Club as The Tigers’ long serving chairman Ray Self decided to stand down from the post he has held for 13 years.

Self, first linked with club as a 12-year-old youth teamer back in 1959, was appointed as manager-chairman back in 2005 when previous incumbent Chris Palmer relinquished the role, has more recently been the driving force behind the club’s move from it’s old ground at Sector Lane to their impressive new setting at Tiger Way in May 2015. He also oversaw the club’s promotion from the Devon & Exeter League to the South West Peninsula League back in it’s inauguration in 2007-08.

Self said: “It’s probably time for a fresh face. The club want me to continue with a role to play, possibly as an ambassador with a view to securing sponsorships and deals which will be of a benefit, I basically want to promote the club in all areas and do what I can for them. It’s not a question of me finishing, it’s more that I will be shifting the emphasis from what I’m currently doing.

“The club has been my life and will still be a big part of it. The people we now have on the committee are first class, we just need a few more from within to pull together. I sure the club will be fine going forward and I want to play a part it that.”

Axminster Town have released to following statement: 

“Due to increased work commitments and a small health issue, our Chairman Ray Self has decided to step down.

“Ray’s support, passion and ambition for, and indeed belief in, our club, for many years is probably unrivalled. That of course hasn’t changed and we will still see him around the place.

“However right now he feels he can’t commit the time needed as Chairman to take the club on the next stage of its journey.

“A massive thank you Ray for everything, it is very much appreciated.”

Current vice chairman Andy Hurford will stand in as acting chairman until the club’s AGM at Tiger Way on Sunday, June 3rd (7.30pm).

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