CHESTER FC director Jeff Banks has announced he will stand down from the board after four years.
Jeff, 40, was one of the first members of the board when the club reformed in March 2010 having been part of the launch of City Fans United (CFU) a year earlier but has decided to stand down so he can focus on the arrival of his first child which is due in April.
Saltney resident Jeff, the club’s media officer, said: “It's been an incredible journey that I’ve been absolutely privileged to be part of, and it’s also been a very challenging time combining family life, work and football all together and things have probably not been in that order during the last five years, and with our first baby coming along next month, the time is right now to throw all my energies behind my family, and especially my wife Michelle, who has had the patience of a saint.”
“I’m extremely proud of what’s been achieved at the club since March 2010, and I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has helped play their part in making it a very special club with some unbelievable memories and fantastic fans. I would encourage more people to join the board though as we need more manpower to help drive the club forward, and join the talented people that currently give everything they have on the board.”
Chester FC chairman Tony Durkin admitted he would be sorry to see Jeff leave the board. He said: “I was very sorry when Jeff told me of his decision to stand down.
Jeff has been a valued and hard working director and will be sorely missed.
“I understand Jeff’s decision in the light of the arrival of the first baby for him and Michelle, which can be a very demanding, and we fully support his decision. I am sure that Jeff will continue to support our club when he can, as a volunteer, with our fantastic media facilities, supporting the Media team to bring us all the latest news and match day information.
“The board wish Jeff and Michelle all the very best and look forward to news of another Junior Blue.”
Jeff has already confirmed to the board that despite standing down, he will still be volunteering for the club wherever possible on the media side.