PAUL BEDDOW STEPS DOWN AS CHAIRMAN
The club can confirm that Paul Beddow is stepping down as Chairman and Director.
Paul has been at the club for 2 years, taking over during what was probably the bleakest situation the club has ever faced, and reviving it to what is now our strongest.
We would like to thank Paul for his amazing efforts during his time as Chairman, and wish him all the very best for the future.
The board will make a statement due course once a new Chairman has been appointment.
An open letter from Paul to everyone at the club:
"This is probably one of the most difficult emails I have written and likely to send. Today will be my final day as Chairman of Billingham Town Football Club, a club that I care deeply about the club and holds so many fantastic memories. It is not a decision I’ve taken lightly and I have thought long and hard about this over a number of months.
"I reluctantly took on the role as Chairman in February 2018 at the request of Neil Martin. At that time the club was in turmoil and I made it clear that this wasn’t a long-term project for me. I was coming up to retirement from a senior management position and I agreed that I would take on the role until I got the club back on its feet, or for the season, whichever came sooner. I could see the potential the club had and still has.
"After our first full season we were league champions and I hold some cherished memories. However, at the end of that season I felt that I needed to remain in place when the club moved to the first division to help address the challenges of promotion. That season was anything but settled and we were presented with some significant challenges
both on and off the field but in all the club had a successful season
which was cut short by COVID-19.
"My immediate priorities when taking over were to get the club on a more secure financial footing, increase revenue streams, secure a long-term lease, maximise the opportunities of the bar and club and manage down the debt that the club was in. I also wanted to improve communication create an inclusive environment and bring in a strong and forward thinking board/committee. I feel that all of those aims have been achieved.
"The club itself is now in a period of rebuilding both on and off the pitch which will take time and commitment to complete. The club is in a great position and has weathered the storm of the pandemic and the challenges of funding to repair the floodlights etc. The time required to complete that change will need continued focus and energy by those leading the club.
"I have put in a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy into the club since February 2018. I have new interests outside of the club that I wish to pursue and I want to spend less time managing projects and more time relaxing with my family. It is for that reason that I think the time is right to step aside and bring in someone that can devote the time required and bring in fresh ideas and leadership. Standing down now leaves sufficient time those individuals leading the club to plan effectively for the start of the season.
"I’d like to thank all the players and managers that have been involved while I have been at the club who helped create those wonderful memories. I’d also like to thank the other Directors and in particular Neil Martin for convincing me to take the job in the first place and the wider committee for their support.
"Finally I’d like to thank the fans who are unique in their own right. They have been tremendous throughout and deserve all the credit they get. Keep that support going.
"I wish you all the very best of luck in your endeavours. It has been a tremendous pleasure and I am grateful for the opportunity to have Chaired Billingham Town Football Club. UTT"