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Aspinall steps down
Thursday 28th November 2013 @ 21:48 by Mark Phillip

The chairman of Ashton United Dave Aspinall stunned the club on Monday evening when he resigned from the position after six years in the post.

It is understood he had a conflict of views with chief executive Terry Hollis, who has taken over as acting chairman.

In a statement Aspinall said: “I’m very sad as I’m a Hurst lad and was born across the road from the ground, but i believe my decision is in the best interests of the club.”

Club director Steve Hobson said “Dave surprised the board with his resignation and as a consequence terry Hollis has been appointed as the acting chairman.”

It is not clear now if Terry Hollis will take on the role as chairman or if a new person will be elected.

Steve said “We don’t know, it’s usually the case in non-league football where the question is raised and we’ll have to see.

“Dave’s going to be a hard act to follow. At the moment, we’ll see how Terry does for a short while and then make a decision further down the line.”

But he said he hoped Aspinall would remain as a director of the club.


“I certainly hope he’ll be staying as a director because he’s been brilliant for the club over the past four or five years and certainly for the time that I’ve been at the club,” he said.

“It’s hard to find volunteers of his calibre in non-league football and he’s one of those individuals.”

Despite the shock news, Steve says he does not believe fans will see any other changes, on or off the pitch.

“We’ve a stable club and we’re doing very well,” he commented.

“Some would say we punch above our weight in this league. At the back end of last season there were some changes and over the summer, so the expectations for the season weren’t very high, although our position in the league is disappointing now given the side we’ve got.”

However, the club welcomed new striker Dale Johnson, who has been signed in the last three days.

Steve added “From our point of view it’s exactly what we wanted. A big lad upfront who can support Martin Pilkington, so we’ll see how it goes.”