Chorley have announced the resignation of Chris Blackburn from the board of directors.

The club, competing this season in the fifth tier for the first time since 1990, have had the following to say on Blackburn’s departure in an official statement:

Since joining some 15 months ago, Chris has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, introducing several new initiatives, including the implementation of online ticketing, which has proved a huge success but is only one area that his expertise has benefitted the club and supporters.

Chris has gone to great lengths to liaise with supporters in order to build a positive link right through the club, making himself available to readily answer fans’ questions and comments. However, given the club’s current situation. it has become too easy to criticise the club rather than support it, leading to Chris being subjected to an intolerable degree of abuse from a minority of fans, some of who need to take a hard look at themselves.

While we accept that football is very much about passion and emotions, there can be no excuse for harassing club officials, who undertake their roles on a voluntary basis because of their love of the game and the club – your club.

As a result of the above, we have reluctantly accepted Chris’s resignation, and on behalf of Chorley FC, we would like to thank him for his hard work and kind offer to carry on working informally, helping out in any way he can.

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