Town seeking new chairman
BARNSTAPLE TOWN have begun the search for a new chairman.
Steve James, who took over in September 2005 when Roy Lucas retired, has stepped down to concentrate on his business interests.
James, a former creative director at Bray Leino, oversaw and helped fund major changes to the facilities at Mill Road, refurbishing the clubhouse and changing rooms.
He believes he is leaving the club in good health.
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James said: "I have just started a design business and I need to give some time to that rather than the football club.
"The club is in better shape than when I arrived.
"It's in a pretty good position financially, there is no debt, and that's probably quite rare these days.
"It's a pretty good start for somebody to come in and do something with the club.
"It's time for a change, someone who is going to take it on and do more than I have.
"I'm hoping someone will come in and start afresh, I would hate to see it go downhill.
"There are a lot of ground improvements that I have made, I wish we could have done more on the pitch."
Barnstaple's best finish in the Toolstation Western League during James's tenure was seventh in the premier division in 2006-07.
He has worked with three managers, appointing Pete Buckingham in October 2006 after the departure of Jeff Evans, then Owen Pickard in November 2008 when Buckingham resigned shortly after his playing budget was cut because of a fall in sponsorship.
Pickard said: "Steve James has has put so much time and effort into the club. You couldn't have wished to have a better chairman. It's a shame he couldn't have had a little bit more success on the field."
David Cooke, the football secretary, has taken on the role of acting chairman.
The club have vacancies for the following positions: chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer and commercial manager.
Anyone interested can write to Barnstaple Town FC, Mill Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1JQ or find contact details for club officials at www.barnstaplefc.co.uk