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Former Player & Manager Becomes New Banbury Chairman

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Evo-Stik League South Premier club Banbury United have announced that, in line with the constitution of the Community Benefit Society, they have co-opted former player and manager Phil Lines onto the Board of Directors.

The space on the Board became available following the resignation of Ronnie Johnson last month and it is within the Board’s remit to fill spaces when they fall outside of the annual election process from members of the Community Benefit Society.

The Board select individuals for roles from within its members and they approached Lines to take on the role of chairman which he has agreed to.

Banbury United interim chairman Martin Cantrell said: “I’m extremely pleased that we’ve been able to attract someone of the calibre of Phil to the club. His experience in non-League football locally is second to none and with him being a former player and manager, it really is a perfect fit for us.”

Lines began his football career at the Puritans in 1972 and went on to play 354 times for the club.

He also enjoyed spells as manager from 1983 to1988 and again in 1998.

Locally, he was director of football at Brackley Town and more recently he was chairman of Uhlsport Hellenic League outfit Easington Sports.

Lines was also delighted to be back at United and said: “I’ve been really pleased to see my home-town club become rejuvenated since the fan takeover in 2015. Ronnie Johnson’s shoes are big ones to fill, but I aim to build on the solid foundations which have been laid so far.

“Banbury United is where I started my career and is a club very close to my heart. We have some big challenges ahead of us, but I intend to give my all for the club and its supporters”.


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