Eaton replaces Chapman as Redbridge chairman

PUBLISHED: 19:33 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 19:33 31 August 2016

Ricky Eaton is the new chairman of Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ricky Eaton is the new chairman of Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Jimmy Chapman has stood down as chairman of Redbridge, to be replaced by Ricky Eaton, the club has announced this evening.

Chapman, a former goalkeeper, has been involved with the club for a quarter of a century since its days as Ford United, before the relocation to Oakside and name change to Redbridge.

And he wished his successor all the best in a statement released on the club’s website.

Chapman played in an FA Cup first round tie against Preston at Deepdale in 1998, the biggest match in Ford’s history at that time, after hwich manager Dennis Elliott said: “We stand to make £30-40,000 from the game and the should keep us going for a couple of years. At least it will prevent the chairman from having to put his hand in his pocket for a while.”

And chairman Chapman saw his club take Port Vale to a replay five years later, before bowing out after another brave effort.

He said: “After over 25 years involvement with this football club I have made the difficult decision to step down as chairman.

“Ricky Eaton will be replacing me and I wish him all the very best for the future.

“Ricky has been involved with the club for a few years now where he combines his roles of first team manager, club treasurer, groundsman amongst many other jobs he does around the ground.

“He is hard working and enthusiastic and I am sure he will take the club forward.

“The role of club treasurer will be passed over to Rick’s mum Jo who already does a fantastic job behind the bar on match days and helping arrange all the functions that take place at the club.

“I will stay involved with the club going forward, but in a much smaller capacity. There is and has only ever been one non-league club for me so I will still be showing my face at games on a regular basis.

“I leave with fantastic memories, of players, staff, games, various promotions, FA Cup runs (a few lock-ins in the clubhouse!) all good, and they will never leave me.

“I have to say a final thank you to all the people who have helped me over the past few years.

“Everyone knows that without the help of so many volunteers a non-league club just would not work, so a big THANK YOU to all concerned.

“At our last committee meeting our match day secretary Len Cordell informed us that this would be his last season with Redbridge after being involved with us for the past nine years.

“He will be moving to the coast to be nearer family and at the young old age of 83 I think he certainly deserves a good rest from football.

“Anyone who knows their non league football in Essex knows what he has done for both the county and for our club, in all he has put in a remarkable 50 years plus service.

“He will be sorely missed by all, his hard work belies his years and from both myself and everyone involved with Redbridge, we wish him all the very best for the future.

“Yours in sport, Chappo.”

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