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Thatcham chairman resigns on eve of new season

'Personal reasons' causes Town sponsor to step down two months after taking on new role

Malcolm Howe



Thatcham chairman resigns on eve of new season

THATCHAM TOWN chairman Dean Caplin has resigned from the club less than two months into his term of office.

A brief statement issued by club secretary Ron Renton on Thursday said: “It is with regret that due to personal reasons Dean Caplin has resigned as Chairman of Thatcham Town FC with immediate effect.

“The officers and Committee of the Club wish to thanks (sic) Dean for all his help and advice during the short time he has been involved in the club.”

Mr Caplin, who runs the Thatcham-based Scion Communications company, was a sponsor of the club who stepped in as chairman to succeed Eric Bailey during the summer.

Asked about his resignation, he said: “I don’t know what statement he’s sent out. He’s not shown me a copy of anything.

“But it’s probably about right. It’s just personal reasons really. I just want to leave it there really.

“I’ve got so much on my plate at the moment with work and various things at home and it’s very difficult to spread yourself across three areas really, football, running a business, and family life and personal life had to take priority and it’s obviously something I’ve been involved with very short term and it’s really time-consuming.

“If I was in a different position where I was not running my own business and had more time on my hands, it might be a useful thing to be involved with. Put it down as personal reasons, really and my own personal lifestyle.”

Mr Caplin said that he had tendered his resignation to the club on Tuesday morning, and that his club sponsorship was something that still needed to be decided.

“I think that still needs to be discussed, he said, “the problem is it’s happened so quickly if you like, I’ve not really thought about any future activities with the club as such and just need to sit down with everybody and see if that’ something I still want to be involved with.”

He added that he did not expect his departure to have a major effect on the club. “I wouldn’t expect so,” he said. “I’m really not making that much of a difference there really. It’s now down to the people to continue the activities and what we were working towards, which I'm sure they can.”

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