Crane steps down as Whitton chairman

WHITTON United go into tomorrow's home Ridgeons League, First Division game against Ely City with chairman Jeff Crane having stood down.“I feel I have taken the club as far as I can,” said Crane, who has been associated with Whitton as player, committee member and chairman for 30 years.

By Elvin King

WHITTON United go into tomorrow's home Ridgeons League, First Division game against Ely City with chairman Jeff Crane having stood down.

“I feel I have taken the club as far as I can,” said Crane, who has been associated with Whitton as player, committee member and chairman for 30 years.

“The club is ambitious and want to take Whitton to a new level. The time is right for new blood to come in.”


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Although he resigned, Crane, who was in his fifth year as chairman, wants to stay involved, and he confirmed that he will work with president Russell Woodward over the move to a new pitch.

Houses are due to be built where the current pitch is now situated, and Whitton expect to be playing on a new one placed nearer the retail units on King George V Field by the start of the 2008/09 season.

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“If they need any advice and help I will be around,” said Crane, who does not know who his successor will be.

Hadleigh play at Fakenham, also in the First Division, while in the Premier Division Woodbridge Town will be out to extend their unbeaten run at Lowestoft.

Joe Francis, rejected by Ipswich Town despite impressing in reserve games while on a lengthy trial, will be available for Mick Stockwell's side.

Promotion-seeking Leiston are at home to Felixstowe and Walton United, while Ipswich Wanderers entertain third-placed Needham Market at Humber Doucy Lane.

In the Metaltec SIL, Haughley can go back to the top if they win at Leiston St Margarets, while at the bottom Achilles badly need points against Brantham.

East Bergholt will be out to build on last week's rare win with a result against neighbours Capel Plough.

If Saxmundham Sports reserves beat Needham Market Vets in Division Six they will become the first SIL team to gain promotion.

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