Neil Midgley takes over as Cambridge City Youth Football Club chairman
Neil Midgley will be in charge of producing Cambridge City’s next generation after being appointed chairman of the club’s youth set-up.
The first-team coach will step up from the role as vice-chairman to succeed Mehmet Mimoglu.
Midgley is a Lilywhites fans’ favourite, having first joined the club on a three-month loan in 2006.
He went on to sign permanently and has since made 339 appearances, hitting the net 67 times including in last season’s league cup clash with Harlow Town.
Taking over as chairman comes at a time when City have launched a partnership with Ipswich Town to run an Elite Player Development Centre (EPDC) to provide a pathway into the Tractor Boys’ advanced training centre and academy.
“I would like to thank Mehmet for his tremendous work over the last couple of seasons, it was a pleasure to work alongside him,” said Midgley.
“The lead coaches are the driving force behind the youth setup, I look forward to working with them to make Cambridge City the club of choice for local young players as we move to our new home in Sawston.”
Midgley will be joined in his role by Steve Bradshaw as secretary of the youth set-up, Richard Nightingale as treasurer and Wayne Bates as fixture secretary.
Kevin Satchell, chairman of the main City club, said: “We are really pleased that Neil has agreed to head up the youth teams here at City.
“Having an experienced player like Neil in charge gives the young players in our care a fantastic role model.
“Hopefully he will be able to nurture players who are the City legends and fans’ favourites of the future.”