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Chairman joins management duo in departing relegated Borough




Haverhill Borough chairman Dave Hardwick has resigned from his role and stepped away from the club he has been involved with since its 2011 inception.

His departure follows Saturday’s announcement that both manager Anthony Choat and assistant manager Cody Frazier had quit due to their intense disappointment in the manner in which Borough were demoted at the end of the 2017/18 season.

From left: Peter Betts (HCSA facility manager), Dave Hardwick (Haverhill Borough committee member), Ben Cowling (Borough chairman) and Bruce Badcock, HCSA board member, with the agreement from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund to provide almost £48,000.. (2378574)
From left: Peter Betts (HCSA facility manager), Dave Hardwick (Haverhill Borough committee member), Ben Cowling (Borough chairman) and Bruce Badcock, HCSA board member, with the agreement from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund to provide almost £48,000.. (2378574)

The club, despite finishing outside of the relegation zone of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, were sent down to the First Division due to their ground being judged below Step 5 standard. The club were told they would be demoted after failing to upgrade their 3G New Croft home, or find a solution, ahead of a March 31 deadline.

Hardwick, whose son Tommy last season sensationally switched to New Croft neighbour Rovers, said: “When you have been fighting a cause all season and then you get knocked back at the last, it is really very difficult to cope with.

“It just wears you down and I have things going on in my personal life that I need to prioritise now.

“In the seven years Borough have been going, I have made some great friends and I leave with great memories.

“The club is great so it was a really hard decision for me to make. But it is time for me to stand aside and let someone else bring new ideas to the role.”

He said he was hopeful of bringing in a new chairman by the weekend, with the favourite candidate ‘coming from outside the club’.

“I have said it would be good to bring someone in from outside,” Hardwick continued.

“It might be good to get someone with a different outlook on things – at the end of the day we have been doing the same things for the last seven years or so.”

He admitted he did not know if the double whammy of losing both the manager and chairman would be to the detriment of the club, but felt he was leaving behind plenty of determined figures.

“There’s a willingness to maintain and grow the club still,” he said. “And there are plenty of people who want to keep moving forward.”

But, he said, it would be difficult with the restrictions on Borough, as a result of the conditions of the FSIF (Football Stadia Improvement Fund) who funded the 3G pitch.

“I don’t know how to move forward – for the next eight years they are committed to The New Croft,” he said.

The New Croft - Haverhill - birds eye view. (2450906)
The New Croft - Haverhill - birds eye view. (2450906)

“And, with the best will in the world, they will be unable to create a youth set-up there; we’ve been told there’s no capacity.

“That’s a big problem for the club and a major hurdle to developing further.”

He said tensions between the club and the Haverhill Community Sports Association (HCSA), who manage The New Croft, had faded and hoped a new season, a new management team and a new chairman would signal a ‘bright new start’ for the club.



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