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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Dave Bowden stands down as Workington Town chairman

Dave Bowden has stood down as chairman and director of Workington Town.

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Dave Bowden

Bowden, 58, took up the reins in early 2003 while Town were in administration. But after helping lead Workington to promotion to the Championship last season, Bowden has decided to move aside after admitting it was time to let his head rule his heart.

Speaking exclusively to News & Star Sport, he said: “It hasn’t been a decision that I have taken hastily but it’s time to step down. I need to spend more time with my wife Pauline and daughters Jenny and Sarah – due to my work with the club, they have been neglected for the last 10 years, and that’s the key reason behind my decision.

“The board has asked me to continue with a few projects, including the preparation for staging two World Cup games, so I am still going to be involved.

“I’ve been a fan of Workington Town since my dad took me to watch a game when I was seven or eight – that’s not going to change, but there comes a time when your head has to rule your heart. Once a Town fan, always a Town fan.”

Town vice-chairman Mark Fryer said: “There’s no doubt that, under his stewardship, Dave has calmly and methodically got on with the job of getting our club on track both on and off the field.

“Perhaps, more importantly for us, we have all become great friends during some tough times.

“I urge anyone who feels they have something to offer the club and would like to join the board to contact any of the current directors. It is important we become an established club in the Championship. And to do this we will need help on and off the field.

“The message from the current board to the fans though is ‘it’s business as usual’.”

Barry Richardson, chief executive of Town’s fierce rivals Whitehaven, paid tribute to Bowden.

He said: “I remember before Dave was Town chairman, and when he was at Cumbrian Newspapers, how fair he was with sponsorship for both Town and Haven.

“He has done an exceptional job with Town through some very hard times, times that would have seen others pack in.

“And the last couple of years have seen a dramatic improvement on the field for Workington and a lot of that is down to Dave’s drive and commitment,” he added.

“I’m very pleased he’s staying involved as Dave is so passionate about Cumbrian rugby league.

“It’s been a pleasure working with him, he has been outstanding for Town.

“I would just like to wish, on behalf of Whitehaven RLFC, Dave and his family all the very best in the future.”

Have your say

Well done"Chuckles"- you certainly have put in the hard graft- take the foot of the gas a bit now eh?

Posted by John Brown on 22 January 2013 at 15:53

Anyone who shows the kind of commitment,that Dave has shown for the Town cause,can only be applauded.

Posted by Ray Wilkins on 15 January 2013 at 19:37

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