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Daly to stand down.

29th Jan 2004

First Team manager Richard Daly has announced his intention to stand down at the end of the 2003-2004 season. He is prepared to continue with other roles within the club should he be re-elected at the AGM. As well as currently managing the first team he also carries out the roles of Vice-Chair and Club Secretary.

The decision has not been totally unexpected to those within the club who are aware of how much time and effort he has spent in progressing the club in such a short period of time.

Daly’s letter to his Chairman and Committee indicated that his aims as team manager when starting the role in 2000 have now been achieved and that it is now time for someone who has the experience and necessary skill to take the team onto the next stage - challenging for honours at County League level.

Additionally, his match-day duties mean that he is unable to take his 7-year old son to play Cougars’ mini-soccer matches and by relinquishing this role he will be able to support his boy in the under 8’s team.

The 36 year-old took the responsibility of managing the first team in August 2000 at a time when the club was struggling both on and off the pitch.

He vowed at the time to turn the club around by building a stronger team on the pitch and in the committee room.

In the 4 seasons that Daly will have completed as first team manager, the club has progressed from being at the foot of the McMullen Hertford & District League to a competitive team in the World Class Homes Senior County League after a 23-year absence from County football.

During that time Buntingford Town FC has also grown to include an ‘A’ team and a Veterans team.

First team coach Steve Walker has already said that he is willing to continue in that role should Richard’s replacement wish him to do so; other managerial positions in the club currently remain unchanged.

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