Ashington AFC can now confirm that following yesterday’s statement from Brian Shotton, an interim structure has been agreed to continue to take the club forward and continue in the direction Brian has been leading the club. Gavin Perry and Nicola Sanders-Cooper who are both currently directors of the club will take on co-chairperson roles. They will continue to work closely with all members of the board to ensure that Ashington AFC remains a central hub in the local community.

Gavin commented: “I started following Ashington AFC regularly at the start of the 2003/04 season at Portland Park and instantly become hooked by the atmosphere and community spirit. After two seasons of watching and volunteering, I knew that this was a club that I wanted to have more involvement with and at the start of 2005/06 was elected to the committee.”

“It is an honour and privilege to able to take up this new role alongside Nicola in what will be my 20th season of ‘behind the scenes’ involvement at Ashington AFC.”

“Brian has not only been a fantastic Chair to the club, but also a very close friend and I can only hope that Nicola and I can continue with the immense progress Brian has achieved to this point.”

Speaking of her appointment Nicola said: “I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to take on the role as interim co-chair alongside Gavin Perry at our football club, despite my relatively short tenure on the board. My involvement at the club still remains on focusing on commercial development and strategic direction with the aim of creating a sustainable financial future for the club.”

“Brian, your dedication, tireless efforts and accomplishments as chairman, over the last 6 years are truly commendable and you have set a high standard for us to follow.”

“While I acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead, I am confident that with careful planning, execution and staying true to our values the club can achieve further significant milestones.”

Ashington AFC is run on a voluntary and not-for-profit basis and the board are grateful for all of the volunteers who support with enabling the club to continue to progress. If you are interested in supporting us on the next stage of the journey, then please do get in touch with us on and we would be happy to have a conversation with you.