Bicester United Football Club chairman to step down

Club chairman Tony Allen to step down PNL-160906-114630001
Club chairman Tony Allen to step down PNL-160906-114630001

Chairman of Bicester United Football Club and Bicester Town Colts Tony Allen is due to step down today, Thursday.

Mr Allen, who has been chairman for seven years, will be resigning at the club’s annual general meeting to focus on his role as chairman of the Bicester Sports Association (BSA).

The BSA has sold its site on Oxford Road to developers U+I to be turned into a retail and leisure space.

Public exhibitions of its plans have been on display this week. The final exhibition is being held on Saturday, at 38 Market Place, from 10am to 4pm.

The BSA is planning to use money from the sale of the site to create a ‘sports hub’ at its Chesterton grounds. The upgrade will include new pitches and facilities to be used by local sporting clubs.

While chairman, Mr Allen established Bicester United senior team and expanded its 25-year-old Colts section, which now has around 150 players between the ages of five and 18.

In their second season since being formed, Bicester United finished this year as champions of the Lord Jersey League Third Division and will join the Oxford Senior League for next season.

Mr Allen said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with the football club over the past seven years but now is the right time for me to step aside and let someone else take the reins.

“I love the club and will continue to be an advisor, but feel a new chairman can carry on moving the club forward.

“As the BSA is currently bringing forward plans for a new sports hub at Chesterton, I think it is important I can dedicate as much time as possible to my role as chairman of the BSA. The BSA has played such a crucial part in helping to develop our football club and now I want to help secure a healthy future for the BSA, so it can continue to provide this fantastic support to local clubs.

“I am confident the football club will be in extremely safe hands when I move on and I look forward to watching them continuing to go from strength to strength over the coming years.”