AFTER the departure of a long-time club stalwart, Barnoldswick Town have announced the appointment of a new chairman.

Nigel Hill has taken over as chairman after the sudden departure of club stalwart Stewart Airdrie.

Airdrie had been part of the club for 14 years as a player, manager and committee member before taking the top job in 2016.

A club statement said: “It is with deep regret that we announce that our chairman, Stewart Airdrie has taken the decision to step down and leave the club.

“Stewart has given Barnoldswick Town 14 years of his life. From being a player and manager, to joining the committee and then becoming chairman in 2016.

“Stewart has given a lot of his spare time up to help with the club and he is one face everyone will certainly miss around the Silentnight Stadium.

“He has recently started his own business, so has decided it's time to concentrate on his business and the importance of spending quality time with family.

“We would like to thank Stewart for all his hard work for the past 14 years.”

However, Barnoldswick Town were pleased to announce Hill's appointment as chairman.

“With this being the beginning of an extremely exciting time for Barnoldswick Town, I am looking forward to working with everyone to ensure the club continues to progress both on and off the field,” Hill said of his appointment.

“I have every confidence that with the range of expertise and willing volunteers that we have on the committee and within our club, the future is looking very bright.”

A club statement said: “After the shock of last week’s sudden resignation by the former chairman, Stewart Airdrie, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Nigel Hill will become Barnoldswick Town’s new chairman.

“The committee voted unanimously in favour of appointing Nigel to the post as chairman and with his many years of footballing knowledge and connection with the club, it seemed a natural decision to make.

“Nigel will take up his post with immediate effect, and with the new season fast approaching the new club chairman will waste no time in making sure that the club will be ready both on and off the field.”

In addition to Airdrie's departure, another committee member leaving the club is Gareth Shackleton who has decided to vacate his role from the senior committee but will remain in his role with the junior ranks.

“Most of you will know Gareth from being our gate man on match day,” said a club spokesman. “Gareth was always the first friendly face to greet you.”

Also leaving the club is Barnoldswick Town's programme editor, Anthony Foulger.

The spokesman added: “We would like to thank Anthony for his hard work and dedication over the last few years.”