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Chasetown FC chairman pays tribute to outgoing manager

Charlie Blakemore. Pic: Dave Birt

Charlie Blakemore. Pic: Dave Birt

The chairman of Chasetown FC has paid tribute to outgoing manager Charlie Blakemore.

The Scholars boss revealed he would be stepping down after the club’s game against Stafford Rangers on Saturday (October 15) because of work commitments.

During nearly eight years in charge, Blakemore has overseen a transformation in the club.

After leading the club from the lower reaches of the Midland Football Alliance to the Northern Premier League, he also guided them to two famous FA Cup runs, included a televised appearance against Oldham Athletic in 2007, before reaching round three following a historic win over Port Vale.

“Charlie has done an amazing job over the past eight years as manager and has really put the club on the map,” said chairman John Donnelly.

“We have known for some time that his career outside of football was also progressing and he feels he can just not give up the time needed anymore.”

But despite stepping down as manager, Blakemore has accepted an invitation from Mr Donnelly and chief executive Mike Joiner to stay on as a director.

“Mike and I immediately asked him if he would take up a position on the board as he has both good business and football experience,” said the Scholars chairman.

“He played for the club at 16, coached and managed the club and he is now a director, it is great that he has been at all levels with us now.”

During his spell at Chasetown, Blakemore took charge of 448 games, winning 180, drawing 85 and losing 118.

He will be succeeded by former Stafford Rangers and Hednesford Town boss Chris Brindley.

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