AFTER running Lyme Regis Reserves for ten years, as well as holding the position of club vice-chairman, Gerard Hitchcock has been appointed manager of the first team who could well be playing in their highest standard of football ever.
The name of Hitchcock is synonymous with Lyme Regis Football Club. Gerard and his brothers Andrew and Matthew joined their home-town club as youth team players with Andrew going on to play Western League football for Bridport. Mathew, also a talented player, now lives abroad.
Their father, Ken Hitchcock, a Life-Member, has been connected with the club for 60 years as a player, committee man and now helping to run the clubhouse at the Davey Fort.
Gerard has been one of the prime movers in the club’s £130,000 development programme, Project Fortify, to improve the playing and social facilities in the town.
He takes over the reigns of the first team from caretaker manager Mark Bailey who steered the Seasiders towards a promotion place in the Devon & Exeter League after last season’s manager Robin Townsend stood down in the New Year.
Mark Bailey, one of Lyme’s most talented players for many years, will assist Gerard in delivering a higher standard of football with the club’s application to join the Premier Division going before the league’s management committee.
A former first team player and manager, Rodney Rowe is returning to the club to manage the Reserves in a joint arrangement with Luke Clifton, who broke his leg towards the end of the season.
Terry White is stepping down as the Rovers’ manager due to work commitments and his place will be taken by Rob Larcombe with assistance from Matt Preece and Niall Davis.
The new appointments were announced by chairman Howard Larcombe at the club’s annual meeting this week .
Treasurer Andrea Budden presented a very healthy balance sheet showing a profit on the season of £10,000 despite the bar takings being affected by not playing at home for 19 weeks because of the wet weather after Christmas.
Mr Larcombe was re-elected chairman for the 11th season, the longest period anyone has held the position. Philip Evans (president), Gerard Hitchcock (vice-chairman), Rob Thom (secretary), Andrea Budden (treasurer), Francesca Evans (minute secretary) and Nicky Leven (subscriptions and bookings secretary) were all re-elected.
Elected to the committee were: Martin Rowe, Heather Larcombe, Alex Rowe, Ken Howells, Tim Edwards, Mark Bailey, Rob Fellingham, Martyn Wright, Jon Matthews, Stuart Fowler, Dave Holland, Wally Blackmore (senior) and Shelley Larcombe.
Pre-season training starts at the Davey Fort on July 3rd at 6.30 pm
- A party from Lyme Regis Football Club travels to Normandy on Friday for the 38th anniversary of their twinning arrangement with US Creully.