Bridlington Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite has revealed that manager Gary Allanson has resigned from his post.

Former Sheffield United and Birmingham City midfielder Curtis Woodhouse has been announced as his replacement.

The news was broken on the club’s website, with Smurtwaite penning a statement thanking Allanson for his efforts.

The statement in full read “I was informed by our manager Gary Allanson earlier this week that with regret he wanted to offer his resignation as team manager of our football club. He explained his reasons which were mainly for personal matters and he also felt he has taken the club as far as he can in this his second stint as manager.

I fully understand his personal reasons which with him being such a conscientious and professional person and the time needed to manage a club at this level seems to get greater every year.

The season seems to start earlier every season meaning you only have a very short close season before training and friendlies start again. Our fixture list has been so intense with a fair amount of travelling with us having a midweek fixture every week since the 7th August 2016 to 30th October 2017 a situation I have never experienced before as chairman.

On behalf of everyone at the club I would thank Gary for all his efforts during this time with us and creating the reputation this club has for playing an attractive style of football and most importantly being professional in what we do both on and off the pitch and wish Gary well for the future.

He has led us to two success’s in the ERCFA Senior Cup Finals at the KCom Stadium, respectable final position in the league table and recently our best run in the FA Cup for 13 years with it some much needed prize money. It is unusual to say as a club chairman that there has never been a cross word between Gary and myself and he has been a pleasure to work with.

I am pleased to announce that I have moved quickly to replace Gary to keep the continuity of the football side and I have appointed Curtis Woodhouse to take over as manager with immediate effect. Curtis has previously managed Sheffield FC, Goole AFC and Hull United and had a successful professional football career. He also has previous connections with Bridlington which he details in the following statement.

Myself and all connected with Bridlington Town Football Club wish Curtis a successful future with our club.



Peter Smurthwaite”


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