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  • Writer's pictureMichael Barritt

Statement from Brian Adams

The time has come for me to step down as Chairman of Ards F.C., a position I have thoroughly enjoyed and been proud to hold for over 15 years.I can clearly remember how it started.I was involved on the County Antrim F.A. and IFA Council, when Jim and Ronnie Bailie approached me and asked if I would be interested in representing Ards

I had supported Ards as a kid and had heroes like Dessie Hunter from Millisle; Jimmy Lowe; Vinnie Maguire and later Cecil Newell.I spoke with an old friend, Gifford McConkey of Bangor, and he said that i would enjoy administrating at Senior level and so that was it. Gifford was right I did enjoy it and made numerous new friends across many a Board Room. Off the field we had lows such as clearing Ards’s debts, which meant releasing good players and ultimately resulted in relegation, as well the major regret of not being able to bring the Club home to Newtownards.

There were also many highs along the way including the League cup final, despite the result, winning the Steel and Sons and gaining promotion twice ,just some that will always stick in my mind. My decision to stand down as Chairman was simply that I believe boards need to stay fresh.I have watched many boards growing old , with no replacements in the wings.

This is highlighted by my first ever Premier league meeting 16 years ago. There were great Chairmen,including David Chick of Glentoran, David Crawford of Linfield, Hugh McCarten of Cliftonville and Morton McKnight of Distillery.

They are all now gone, leaving me as the longest serving Chairman.A few years ago I made the decision to look to the future and began by approaching Warren Patton.

Warren was steeped in football and was an Ards supporter. Stevie Wilton was next, as he and his Father were Ards men, and finally to complete the jigsaw I went after Andrew Rodgers, who had Club Divisional and League Administration experience.

The Board is in good hands.

I will also still be involved representing Ards at League, Co. Antrim and IFA Level moving forward.I would take this opportunity to thank every Board member who worked for the Club. The stalwarts,who have worked day to day behind the scenes, the loyal fans and sponsors, and every player who has pulled on an Ards top

during my tenure as Chairman.

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