Gateshead have announced the return of Graham Wood as Club President.

Former Gateshead owner Wood was instrumental in overseeing the club’s rise from the Northern Premier to the brink of the Football League in the space of six years.

After stepping down as owner and chairman in 2015, Wood remained involved at Gateshead in the honorary position of Club President.

The lifelong Heed fan chose to relinquish the title in September last year but has now returned following a change in ownership.

After becoming the first ‘signing’ of the Neil Pinkerton and Trevor Clark era, Wood said: “It was good to meet up with Neil, Trevor, Alisha (Henry) and Dominic (Scurr) at yesterday’s National League AGM and naturally I was keen to hear how things were progressing.

“In typical fan fashion, I asked if there was any news on the signings front and Neil’s response was that they would like to make their first signing there and then. He went on to ask me if I would like to return as Club President. He didn’t need to ask twice.

“I was proud to have been honoured with that title three years and sad when I felt it appropriate to relinquish it following the previous change of ownership.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the club is now in the hands of people who care about it as much as I do and equally pleased to have got my greatly prized title back.”

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