Squires Gate have announced that current Chairman Stuart Hopwood is to step down at the end of the current season.

A club statement said:

Stuart is in his 11th season at the helm of the club having taken the role on and thrived in the position.

Under his leadership Gate have become a well-respected NWCFL Premier Division side, one of the longest reigning in the league.

Stuart leaves the club with a much-improved ground, two new stands and a functional clubhouse, in a stable financial position with no outstanding debt and a bright future.

A big highlight under Stuart’s tenure would have been Gate’s progression in the FA Vase which saw them come narrowly close to reaching the semi finals in season 2005-06. Only Hillingdon Borough stood in Gate’s way, winning that game on the day 2-0.

The club would like to put on record its eternal gratitude for the efforts Stuart has gone to for the benefit of the club over the years and wish him well in his retirement. We would also like to thank his daughter Emma, who helped run the bar and kitchen on match days.

We hope that both will not be strangers in the coming seasons, and welcome both to return to a game in the near future.

At this moment in time the club are assessing several options, but would welcome anybody interested in becoming chairman of the club or joining the committee to get in contact with Secretary John Maguire on 07881 767443.

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