Steve McPherson has stepped down as chairman of Vanarama National League South club Hampton & Richmond Borough.
A statement from McPherson reads: “It was an ambition of mine to become chairman of Hampton & Richmond Borough and having been a player at the club I was delighted when I was approached to consider becoming more involved nearly ten years ago. I walked into Hampton & Richmond Borough wondering just what was around the corner. There’s certainly been ups and down along the way, but one thing is for sure and that’s becoming involved with this great club was one of my best ever adventures.
“But, as they say, all good things have got to come to an end.
“I have decided now is the time to let someone else have a go at piloting the good ship Hampton, and take a step back. I’ll be dividing my time between England and Ireland, and after just purchasing a home over there with my wife, Gráinne, I will not be in a position to give our great club the 100 per cent focus and attention it needs or deserves. The time is right.
“If they say a week’s a long time in football, what about the best part of a decade?
“Well we’ve gone up, come down and gone back up again. We’ve signed some great players, some not so great players and won a cup or two. One thing is for sure, it has rarely been dull!
“We’ve made progress, and we now have a club at the very heart of its community. We have a ground the borough can be proud of, and one which leaves the club set up for the future should promotion even further up the pyramid be earned.
“I go having appointed a manager who could go on to become the best ever in our club’s history. There can be no doubting Alan Dowson and his coaching staff and their fantastic achievements over the past two and a half years.
“Ryman Premier title success put the club back on the map. And just when we all wanted a quiet season with no tension or drama, Dowse had other ideas! Taking a very patched-up team into the play-offs and falling just short against a club the size of Ebbsfleet United speaks volumes for him.
“He did it without two of his wonderful finds, Jamal Lowe and Nicke Kabamaba – who both will flying the flag for Hampton in League One next season with champions Portsmouth. I’m so proud of the part the club has played in their progression.
“Having been the longest-serving chairman, it is sad for me to say goodbye, but I would like to think I have left the Beveree in a better place than I found it when I came to the club in 2008.
“There are too many people to thank personally, but the support I have received since day one from everyone at the club will not be forgotten. Nor will the friendships made along the way.
“Our club is in passionate and safe hands, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Hampton & Richmond Borough never leaves anyone, and I’ll still be back cheering on the Beavers as often as I possibly can – you can count on that”.