Worthing FC owner George Dowell has revealed he is stepping aside as chairman of the club, announcing Pete Stone as his replacement.

The following is a statement by outgoing chairman Dowell, posted on the club’s website:

‘I am both pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Pete Stone as the new Executive Chairman of Worthing Football Club. I will remain on the board, along with Calvin, and continue in my ownership of both the Club and the Football Centre.

We have achieved great things over the last three years however I now feel the time is right to hand over the role of Chairman to someone who can bring extra skills and experience, leading us through the next stage of our growth and development.

Yesterday’s result has confirmed my belief that we run a football club with powerful roots that sets up the community for years of enjoyment and progression. Since taking over, owning and running the Club has become an increasingly complex and difficult challenge off the pitch, and occasionally on it.

We remain as ambitious as ever and with the first team, ladies team and under-18’s all in great hands. With that in mind I really want to accelerate off the pitch especially after the well publicised issues that set us back in pre-season and at the start of the current campaign.

Pete has already worked closely with Calvin and I over the last two years, supporting us on a range of matters and bringing his experience as well as a calming influence during some of our toughest moments. I know his passion for Worthing FC and his values are as deep as ours, and I am very confident he will make a huge difference.

Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see Pete spending time with a range of people who are actively involved at the Club starting with the Supporters Club and the ‘Away Boys’.

Up the Mackerel Men!
George.’

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