Backroom change at Woodhorn Lane

Brian Robinson, who has stood down and now takes on the position of assistant football secretary at Ashington CFC.
Brian Robinson, who has stood down and now takes on the position of assistant football secretary at Ashington CFC.

ASHINGTON CFC have made a change behind the scenes with their position of football secretary.

Brian Robinson has swopped roles with his assistant Gavin Perry at Woodhorn Lane.

After serving 16 years in the position, Robinson has decided to relinquish the post of football secretary with Perry, his understudy for four years, stepping up to the plate.

However, in a role reversal, Robinson pictured left, has agreed to be Perry’s assistant.

Working commitments coupled to his desire to take a breather and to allow Perry, pictured right, the opportunity to take over the duties are the reasons for Robinson, 50, a staff nurse at Wansbeck General Hospital, to hand over the reins.

Robinson, secretary since 1995, said: “I have enjoyed it. The role has been challenging but I have tried to keep the club on the straight and narrow.

“It has been difficult over the years with a series of different managements and the change from Portland Park to the new ground, which have presented a lot of different challenges.

“However, I am more than proud to have represented Ashington, my home town, as secretary.

“I miss games due to working commitments but I was also ready for a rest.

“I felt it was time for Gavin to be given a chance in the role and I was more than happy to facilitate that.

“But I’ll still be active at the club. Apart from now being the assistant secretary, I am secretary for Ashington Ladies team and will be able to give a bit more time to help them improve as an outfit.”

Perry, 22, a team leader for a health care regulator in Newcastle, said: “I’ve assisted Brian for the past four years and I am pleased to take over a new challenge.

“I’m looking forward to the role and hope I can live up to my predecessor’s high standards.

“The post is hectic, and as I start my term of office there is already added work as the FA have changed the rules about registration.

“The block retainer system of registering players from the previous season cannot be used – it is no longer valid – and we now have to register every player individually.”

Ashington CFC chairman Ian Lavery said: “On behalf of the club, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Brian Robinson for his unstinting commitment over the past 16 years.

“Undoubtedly Brian was one of the best secretaries in the Northern League and he will pass on his knowledge to Gavin Perry who himself has been totally committed to the club as Brian’s assistant for the past four years.”