THERE has been a change at the top at Barnoldswick Town.

Nigel Hill has taken over as chairman after the sudden departure of club stalwart Stewart Airdrie.

Airdrie has been part of the club for 14 years as a player, manager and committee member before taking the top job in 2016.

Having recently started his own business he took the decision to step away from his duties at the Silentnight Stadium.

“With this being the beginning of an extremely exciting time for Barnoldswick Town, I am looking forward to working with everyone to ensure the club continues to progress both on and off the field,” Hill said of his appointment.

“I have every confidence that with the range of expertise and willing volunteers that we have on the committee and within our club, the future is looking very bright.”

A club statement said: “After the shock of last week’s sudden resignation by the former chairman, Stewart Airdrie, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Nigel Hill will become Barnoldswick Town’s new chairman.

“The committee voted unanimously in favour of appointing Nigel to the post as chairman and with his many years of footballing knowledge and connection with the club, it seemed a natural decision to make.

“With the new season fast approaching the new club chairman will waste no time in making sure that the club will be ready both on and off the field.”