Phil Lines steps down at Banbury United
Lines: “I have been immensely proud to hold this prestigious position”
Banbury United has announced that Phil Lines is stepping down as the Chairman of the club.
Mr Lines says he feels the time is right for someone else to take over in the role. He became Chairman in 2017.
Mr Lines said: “After four years as chairman of Banbury United Football Club, I feel the time is right for me to stand down.
“I have been immensely proud to hold this prestigious position. During my tenure, I have worked tirelessly, along with fellow board members, to maintain and improve the club at Step 3 level of the football pyramid.”
Before his time as Chairman Banbury-born Phil Lines had roles with the Puritans as both a player and manager. During the most recent season Mr Lines steered the club through the COVID crisis but also saw the club reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since the early 1970s.
Mr Lines said: “My first association with the club was as a young supporter back in the 1960s. To go on to play for many years in the club’s first team and later to become manager for several years, before eventually becoming club chairman was really a dream come true.
“I have been very fortunate and privileged to be able to achieve this with my home- town club.
“I would like to thank so many great people, including the friends who have supported and helped me over this long journey.
“I wish the club, management, players, board members and the supporters all the best for the future.”
The club have thanked Mr Lines for his commitment to Banbury United. Stephen Barlow, secretary of the Community Benefit Society, the supporters owned entity that owns the club, said: “The club has benefitted greatly from Phil’s knowledge of non-league football over the past four years.
“Like all clubs there is hours of unseen voluntary work that goes into the day to day running of a club and Phil has work tirelessly to move the club forwards. We are all very grateful to him for his support and guidance.”
The Club say their Board of Directors will now consider their next steps with the opportunity to put any plans to supporters at the club AGM, which will be held at the end of July.