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Alderney FC president steps down

Posted Tue 17th July 2012 at 11:38

ALDERNEY Football Association's president is stepping down after eight years in the role.

Keith Webster is retiring after 22 years of involvement with the club and the move will coincide with retirement from his day job as Breakwater Supervisor.

He said he had not taken the decision to step down lightly.

'It just seems to me that, with retirement beckoning, the time is right,' he explained.

The most pressing issue faced by his successor, Glaswegian James Maxwell, was generating the funds to keep the club going, he said.

The club spent £12,000 on flights during the last season, despite the loss of several sponsors - and if planned changes to the league were made, that figure could rise to £16,000.

'I've sat through many a sombre meeting at the clubhouse when the very existence of the AFA has been seriously in doubt,' said Mr Webster. 'But somehow - and this is mainly thanks to the tireless efforts of some remarkable people - we have always managed to find a way through to the end of the season.'

He said he hope such financial resilience continued, but admitted that in the current climate it got harder by the day.

'We have lost some major sponsors in the past year or so and the current fiscal climate makes replacing them a very difficult task indeed. Our costs simply cannot be met by traditional jumble sales and raffles alone. 'My successor must be a professional beggar, an optimist, a diplomat and a visionary. But above all, he must have a very real understanding of just how important the Alderney Football Association is to the youth of the island and indeed, to the island itself.'

He added: 'Fortunately however we may have found just the man, and I wish him and everybody else involved in the AFA all the very best of luck for the seasons ahead.'

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