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New owner for Harrogate AFC sees father link up with son

Blue Square Bet North side Harrogate Town AFC has confirmed that Irving Weaver has acquired control of the club, linking him up with son Simon Weaver, who is manager.

Bill Fotherby sold his stake in the club to Weaver but will remain on as chairman, a club statement confirmed, with Fortherby claming the club needed new investment to move forward.  

"I have taken the club as far as I can take it. Obviously for financial reasons I've had to pass it on," he told the Harrogate Advertiser.  

"When I took over 11 years ago I had a dream of success, building the club and getting us into the Conference. But people in Harrogate have said to me ‘How do you get success?’ Well the answer is money.

"The best thing that I could do for the town and the club was to put it onto somebody who could take it that step further.  I think that dream can be realised with Irving Weaver."

Irving, who is currently chairman of Strata Homes, insisted he wants to build a self sufficient structure at Harrogate.

"The important thing to note is that it’s not ‘new man throws money at it," Irving commented.

Harrogate also announced that Tad Nowakowski would be joining the board as a director.

 

Scott Hobro

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