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Newport Chairman Steps Down

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Stuart Ross has resigned as chairman of Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier club Newport (IoW) after eighteen months in the role.

Ross announced his decision in Saturday’s programme notes for the club’s home league game against Shaftesbury.

“Sadly, I have been relocated to the mainland in my day job and therefore I am due to leave the club very soon,” said Ross, who watched his team draw 0-0.

“Unfortunately, it’s just not possible for me to fulfil this role remotely.

“I’ve been honoured and privileged to be chairman of this club, which has a long and distinguished history of 140 years this year.

“My aim, ever since being in charge, was to secure a new home for Newport FC and ensure it has a long and sustainable future.

“The decision on the planning of the new Racecourse site is imminent and I’m almost certain this will be approved, with a construction commencing by the summer months.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for Newport FC going forward, with a state-of-the-art facility, finally putting to bed years of uncertainty for the club.

“Having been in the role the past eighteen months, there have been challenging, but equally, very rewarding times working alongside some very dedicated volunteers at the club, who I know will continue to take the club forward.

“I will remain associated with the club, helping out the Supporters Trust Committee where I can, as well as obviously remaining a Port fan.”

Plans for the new stadium will go before the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee for final discussion and a decision on Tuesday, March 13th.

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