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Long-Serving Chairman Steps Down

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Hallmark Security League Premier Division club Squires Gate have announced that current chairman Stuart Hopwood is to step down at the end of the current season.

A club statement said: “Stuart is in his eleventh season at the helm of the club having taken the role on and thrived in the position.

“Under his leadership, Gate have become a well-respected NWCL Premier Division side, one of the longest reigning in the league.

“Stuart leaves the club with a much-improved ground, two new stands and a functional clubhouse, in a stable financial position with no outstanding debt and a bright future.

“A big highlight under Stuart’s tenure would have been Gate’s progression in the Buildbase FA Vase which saw them come narrowly close to reaching the semi-finals in season 2005/06. Only Hillingdon Borough stood in Gate’s way, winning that game on the day 2-0.

“The club would like to put on record its eternal gratitude for the efforts Stuart has gone to for the benefit of the club over the years and wish him well in his retirement. We would also like to thank his daughter Emma, who helped run the bar and kitchen on match days.

“We hope that both will not be strangers in the coming seasons, and welcome both to return to a game in the near future”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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