Bridgwater Town to become limited company

ROBINS fans can look forward to stadium improvements and the creation of a youth academy after confirming its move towards becoming a limited company.

The club will be owned by Adam Murry, a former co-owner of AFC Bournemouth, who is already involved with the club.

Bob Buckingham has taken over as chairman from Adrian Byrne who has stepped down after more than four years in the role.

A club statement said: “Bridgwater Town Football Club is a private members club bound by a constitution, and has been led by the current elected Executive Committee since 2017.

“The difficult circumstances that the committee inherited at the time are well documented and it has been a monumental effort to ensure the club’s survival and sustainability by all involved to date.

“The football club is now on a sound financial footing and is one of the best supported clubs in the Toolstation Western League.

“We believe now is the right time for the organisation to take the next step forward that is in the best interests of the club.”

The committee has voted to accept a proposal from Mr Murry to assume control of the club and move to limited company status with its own Board of Directors, mirroring a structure found throughout the professional game.

The statement added: “Mr Murry has already committed to improving the playing side and is in advance discussions over stadium improvements and the creation of Bridgwater Town Football Club’s very own youth academy.

Murry commented: “As I have stated previously, I am excited at the potential of this football club and the town/area itself.

“With such a great fan base already here, I hope we will be able to take them on this exciting journey as we develop the club into something special for them and the wider area.

“I’d like to thank Adrian [Byrne] and the committee for their support and work not just over the last month or so, since I have been on board, but since they have been involved with the club. Without them this club would not be in the position it is now. Thank you.

“Adrian will continue to work with the executive committee and the remaining members of the committee will remain in place.

“Moving forward, I will work closely with the existing executive committee to work towards our common goals using a robust and deliverable strategy.

“This will align all aspects of the club to form a cohesive club and business that will be able to maximise the opportunities that exist for us.

“Over lockdown we have supported the players with programmes that support their performance and wellbeing, as we view our challenge for promotion this season very seriously.”

In a message to the club’s supporters, new chairman Buckingham said: “As many of you know, I have been involved with the club since early in 2016, when I was elected as vice-chairman, and, in more recent times, took on the additional role of commercial manager.

“It has certainly been a challenge, but a challenge that has been embraced by us all.

“As we start a new and exciting journey, I would like to pay tribute to the unfailing efforts of each and every one of my fellow committee members, both past and present, who have worked tirelessly to rebuild the fortunes of our club both on and off the field, to ensure sustainability, to tap into the potential in our area and to pave the way for progression.”

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