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Reluctant Peter Swann calls time on Gainsborough Trinity dream

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 30, 2012

Peter Swann will step down as chairman of Gainsborough Trinity at the end of season

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Peter Swann will walk away from Gainsborough Trinity at the end of this season, bringing an end to his hopes of securing the club a permanent home.

The departing Trinity chairman revealed that he had been rebuffed in his attempts to purchase the Northolme, Trinity's base for more than a century.

The ground is currently owned by the Blues Club and Swann wanted to secure Trinity's tenure there ahead of a planned move to a new purpose-built stadium.

However, Swann announced this week that health issues have forced him to call time on his tenure.

"With the delay in the new stadium now taking it to a two year project, I just cannot commit to two years," said Swann.

"I had one last go, at trying to secure tenure at the Northolme for the club and fans. This again has been rebuffed by the committee."

After almost four years at the helm, Swann says he would have liked to have moved the club on to the next level.

But he suffered 'Thunderclap Headaches' in May this year and medical tests done at the time discovered a 12mm lesion on the right side of his brain.

While it has not been confirmed whether that was causing the headaches, Swann has decided it is time he focused on his health and his family.

"I am struggling," Swann added. "I am certainly not the person I was.

"It is a very frustrating time for me and it is a very big decision for me to make. But I have to think about my family.

"But I have no regrets from my time at Trinity. There are many highlights. Bringing Brian Little here is one. He was one of the biggest names in football and we brought him to Gainsborough."

Although preparing to stand down, Swann has assured supporters that he remains committed to helping manager Steve Housham improve on last season's fourth place in Blue Square Bet North.

And, at the end of the season, he hopes to stand down with another chairman in place.

"I will leave the club with no debt and no overdraft," he said. "I have been trying to attract another director, or an investor, but it is very hard when we don't own the ground.

"I had a dream of securing a base for the club before I left and I have tried very hard to do that, but priorities change and I have to shift my focus to myself, my health and my family.

"But fans should not worry, because everything is in place to continue as normal for the rest of the season.

"I may even invest further in the playing staff if the right player comes along.

"We will be doubling our efforts to get a new chairman in before I stand down.

"But if that doesn't happen, then the club would have to operate within their means."

Trinity manager, Steve Housham, believes such is the affection for the Trinity chairman, that his announcement will spur on the players to greater heights.

"I believe the players will want to give him something back," said Housham.

"We will want to give him improved results on the pitch and a successful season so that at the end of it, when it comes to him standing down, he can go out on a high."

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