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Skem Utd announce new chairman

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Gordon Johnson
Gordon Johnson

Skelmersdale United will have a new Chairman, Gordon Johnson, who has strong links to the club will officially take over on 30th June, he will succeed Paul Griffiths.

Mr Griffiths has been at the helm since 2011 and was on the Board of Directors for many years previously, his reign has seen many highs and lows with the club winning the NPL North title in 2012-13 and enjoying a successful 5 years in the top flight. During his tenure as chairman, Mr Griffiths was able to navigate the troubles afflicting the club including a move from their “Stormy Corner” home to a groundshare with Prescot Cables, which allowed the club to continue. Mr Griffiths was also able to see Skem United return back to Skelmersdale and to their current home at the JMO. Mr Griffiths was able to end his tenure as chairman with a successful season that culminated in the club gaining promotion to the Northern Premier League.

Although Mr Griffiths has decided to step down as chairman due to family reasons, he will be remaining on the board of directors. Mr Griffiths can look back upon his time as chairman with pride, having taken the club through a number of testing times, and being successful in managing to come through those and bring back some better times to the club, these include a return to playing in Skelmersdale, an appearance on national television in the FA Cup and culminating with last season’s promotion to the Northern Premier League.

The new Chairman will be former Mayor of West Lancashire Gordon Johnson, who is no stranger to the supporters at Skem, whilst in his role of Mayor he organised the recent Skem Vets v Hollyoaks Charity game. A former Football League referee Gordon brings with him a wealth of experience. For the last five years he has been vice chairman and club welfare officer for Ashton Town AFC, together with also having worked at Liverpool County FA most recently as safeguarding officer.

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