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Shock Board Changes

By: Steff Keightley
Date: 16/05/2001

TODAY's meeting of the GTFC board at Blundell Park created a major shock as although it was expected that the position of chairman was to be discussed the news that not only had the chairman Doug Everitt resigned but Bryan Huxford the vice chairman and Richard Lake had resigned also.

Peter Furneaux was appointed the new chairman.

Doug Everitt and Bryan Huxford, where instrumental in bringing in Lennie Lawrence after the sacking of Alan Buckley just a few games into the new season, and also helped to stump up some, or all, of the £750,000 given to Lennie Lawrence to help keep 1st Division Football at Blundell Park for next season.

The Club's Press Statement

Grimsby Town Football Club regrets to announce the resignation of Chairman Doug Everitt, Vice-Chairman Bryan Huxford and Director Richard Lake from the Board at Blundell Park.

At a meeting to discuss the general and financial administration of the Company, the three directors resigned from their positions.

The meeting had been called amidst fears for the club's existence had the team been relegated, and several Board members expressed a wish to introduce more stringent controls to guarantee the future of the club.

The position of Chairman was not discussed prior to the resignations.

Peter Furneaux will succeed Mr Everitt as Chairman, a position he previously held between 1987 and 1994.

Speaking after the Board meeting, Mr Furneaux said "It is unfortunate that Doug, Bryan and Richard chose to resign. However, there were major concerns about the club's financial position, and the majority of the Board wanted more control over the way money was spent."

He continued "During my previous seven years as Chairman, and indeed under the guidance of Bill Carr, Grimsby Town has always worked within it's financial limitations, and to ensure the future of the club, it is imperative that it is on a firm financial footing.

The present Board will continue to ensure that the club is able to challenge successfully in the First Division, and looks forward to the continued support of the fans."

Mr Furneaux also confirmed that the new stadium proposal was still very much in the club's future plans.


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