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Club Statement: Graham Bickerstaff

Club Statement: Graham Bickerstaff

Glen Ritchie1 Jan - 09:00
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New Year, New Chairman at Dalton United

After nearly six years in the role, Graham Bickerstaff is stepping down as Chairman of Dalton United.

"I've realised that it's time for someone with fresh ideas and enthusiasm to take the club forward," said Bickerstaff.

"When Chris [Athersmith] and I took over as Chair and Vice Chair, our main aim was to develop our junior section and increase player participation, which we managed to achieve. At the time, we only had two senior teams; now, we have 25 teams (senior mens & ladies and junior boys & girls) representing the club.
"We've also attracted some top local coaches. The club is in a really good place at the moment, ready to push onto the next level."

Philip Rigg will take over as Chair. On this, Bickerstaff said,
"I'm really pleased Phil agreed to step up. It's a natural progression for him, but a few years earlier than he'd hoped for!
"There are significant financial challenges in running a club these days, especially a West Lancashire League club. Phil has done a great job bringing in sponsorship over the last few years, and he's keen to ensure finances continue to be available to the coaches to allow them to prepare competitive teams."

Chris Athersmith will continue as Vice Chair.
"Chris has been a fantastic support to me, and I'm sure he'll help Phil the same way."

Bickerstaff acknowledges the support he's had from the committee.
"The committee is the backbone of the club, proper unsung heroes, and I want to say a massive thank you to them for their support and the amount of time they sacrifice for the club."

Bickerstaff, who first joined the club in 1989, plans to continue working on the committee, helping in any way he can.

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