Gary Stephenson leaves role as Chairperson

5th July 2022

After 18 years in the position, Gary Stephenson has stepped down as Club Chairperson.

Club Chairperson, Gary Stephenson, has made the decision to step down from his roles as both Chairperson and Club Welfare Officer.

Gary has been Chairperson of Cullercoats Football Club for the last 18 years, a period in which the Club from mini-soccer to seniors has gone from strength to strength.

Gary had the following to say regarding his time at Cullercoats,

“I have been involved with Cullercoats Football Club since it was reformed as an FA Charter Standard Club in 2005. Prior to that time, I was also part of the Percy Main Tyne coaching staff, before they moved to Links Avenue.

“I’ve enjoyed 18 fantastic seasons as the Club Chairperson, with the last five years including the role of Safeguarding & Welfare Officer (CWO).

“The Club is in the process of restructuring its senior section and continues to thrive at development, mini-soccer and junior levels. This also comes at a critical time in the Club Development Plan, with Phase 2 about to be launched with a dedicated Development Group being formed for the new build/renovation phase.

“I think it is a natural time to appoint a new leader, who will deliver with both the Management Team and Development Group priorities going forward.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 18 years as Chairperson and subsequent Safeguarding role, which mirrors my day job at Newcastle academy.

“I hope to remain a Club member and offer my services as a ‘floating’ coach, maintenance team member and lifelong Club supporter!

“During my time at the Club, I’ve coached at every age group at least once, including two stints in mini-soccer and the junior section. I’ve also had two spells as U21 and senior team manager. We’ve enjoyed success on the pitch, secured promotions and won trophies.

“However, our biggest successes have been in offering access to football, coaching and refereeing to all abilities and having superb Club coaches and officials.

“I want to say a very special thank you to everyone at the Club, as I’ve enjoyed your support and friendship, and indeed hope to continue to do so in the future.”

Everybody at the Club would like to extend their thanks to Gary for the time and dedication he has given to Cullercoats over the years. Gary has given support to people in a wide variety of roles, supporting players, coaches and volunteers in achieving brilliant things with the Club. We look forward to seeing Gary around the Club for years to come.

The Club will announce appointments to both the Chairperson and Welfare Officer roles later this week, as well as other outcomes of the Club’s Annual General Meeting.