Aldershot Town's board of directors have hailed the start of a new era at the ESS Stadium – by embracing two of its old guard.
The board celebrated the end of its first full season in office by handing the positions of club ambassador to Terry Owens and Graham Brookland – holders of shares Nos 1 and 2 when Aldershot Town FC was first formed in 1992.
Ex-chairman Owens and Brookland, the former club secretary, Supporters' Club chief and media manager, will take their seats back in the directors' box for next season, creating closer links between the new and the old regime and helping the club to expand and elaborate on its community links.
Chairman Shahid Azeem commented: “We all know what a hard season this has been. Throughout it all, Terry and in particular Graham have been of tremendous help.
"Having chats with Graham on Saturdays at service stations – mainly at Warwick – I can honestly say that my year would have been much harder without their support, advice and co-operation.
“I believe the establishment of these roles, and the appointment of Graham and Terry to them, to be a fitting recognition of that support, not just for this season but for many years previously.
"We are all now working hard in the hope that our current teamwork and planning will result in a far better year to come.”
Proud Brookland added: “I am pleased to accept the invitation to be a club ambassador.
"Although having had the privilege to serve as a club official in a variety of roles for 21 years up until last summer, I am, first and foremost, a supporter.
“I have enjoyed reverting back to the terraces this season and that won’t change, because it is where I want to watch my football and where I have learnt to enjoy it again.
“The football club must always come first, and if I can play a part in promoting its name into the wider community then I am happy to do so, whilst always providing my honest thoughts to the board at all times.
"We nearly lost our football club again last season and must never forget how that happened.
"The experiences of the last month or so show how important the club is to so many and why it was essential for it to continue.”
And Owens concluded: “The role of club ambassador is a privileged role which I am honoured to accept. I have lived in Aldershot for 67 years and been a supporter for 57 of those, and know the fans and the town so well.
“With the background I hold at the club, I will provide a dedicated commitment to ensure that the role is played with the distinction that it deserves.
“I hope to be able to help a club that has a collective community vision for the long-term future.”