Terriers chairman keen to restore good times

BEDLINGTON Terriers chairman Ronan Liddane is determined to restore the good old days of the 1990s to the club.

In his first season at the helm, Mr Liddane is keen to see the glory days under Keith Perry and Tony Lowery return, when the club dominated the Northern League with five championship wins and an FA Vase final.

However, the last couple of years has seen the club struggling to survive due to lack of finances.

Mr Liddane said: “With Tony deciding to take time out and former chairman Dave Holmes standing down, Keith asked me to take over as chairman, which was an easy decision for me having played for Blyth Spartans and experience of non-league football.

“I see it as a great challenge.

“One thing for sure, I am learning the hard way, but I will give the job my best shot.

“This is a great family club and I am determined to get it right.

However, I need help in the form of a working committee and equally important support from the local community.

“I also would like to thank the present committee members who continue to work hard giving me much needed support, something I greatly appreciate.

“Attracting sponsorship is not easy but I am hopeful and we are exhausting every avenue.”

He added: “We have assembled an experienced squad of players and in all honesty they should have done better and they know it.

“Losing in the FA Vase was a hard blow to take as this was one of our main objectives, but we have to get on with it.

“Keith is Bedlington through and through and if anyone deserves success for all the work and effort that he has put in over the years it is him.”

On Friday night the club is holding a football talk-in at their clubhouse with former Newcastle United and England legend Peter Beardsley and ex-Sunderland star Kevin Ball. It starts at 7pm with tickets £5.