There will be a new Chairman at Hungerford Town next season after Patrick Chambers announced his decision to step down at the Vanarama National League South side.
In a statement released on the Hungerford Town website, Chambers revealed he and his wife Nicky were departing to take up a role at Gloucester City.
He wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce that myself and Nicky will be stepping down at the end of this season. We have treasured our time as Chairman and Commercial Manager at this wonderful club.
“In recent months we have found it a struggle running a club at this level as volunteers with no full time staff for support. It does feel like we have squeezed the lemon with regards average crowd, bar and food spend along with other fund raising events and taken the club as far as we can.
“This is a decision we have really wrestled with and now its been made, it’s better to give ourselves and the club the four months to the end of the season to hopefully find others that will take up a role with the club. I will of course be available to advise any future chairman and help with a smooth transition.”
Chambers, always open an honest when Football in Berkshire came calling, was previously a guest on our podcast where he talked about how the Covid pandemic was a lifeline for the then ailing Crusaders.
Of his and his wife’s next move, Chambers wrote: “An opportunity has come up for us to take over at Gloucester City from next season and its one we feel we need to take and test ourselves to see if we can achieve success at the highest level. I have always been a person who prefers to regret the things I have done, rather than those I haven’t and we both think the time is right for us as a couple to move on.”
“Rest assured we will work tirelessly to leave the club in the best position possible”
He added: “Our love for Hungerford Town and our extended Crusader family will never change and rest assured we will work tirelessly to leave the club in the best position possible. We have half the season yet to play and I will work with the gaffer [Danny Robinson] to try and preserve our place in the NLS.
“A big thank you to everyone for their support throughout our four seasons with the club. It’s been an emotional ride with many highs and fantastic memories. We both hope we can create more great memories between now and the end of the season and a great escape and cup run are on the wish list.”