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Richard Barlow takes over as chairman of Histon Football Club

New Histon chairman Richard Barlow. Picture: Howard Wilkins (37451413)
New Histon chairman Richard Barlow. Picture: Howard Wilkins (37451413)

Richard Barlow will prioritise helping guide Histon back into action after becoming the club’s new chairman.

The long-time Stutes fan has taken over the helm at Bridge Road, succeeding John Hall.

The challenges remain unknown as football explores a route to return, but Histon are well set for when the green light is given for a new Isthmian League, North Division campaign.

“My No 1 aim is for non-League football to resume,” says Barlow.

“It would be nice to actually be playing football and it would be nice to actually know when we’ll be playing football, and it would be nice not just to be playing first-team men’s football, but to be playing ladies football and youth football.

“It’s what all of our hopes are fixed on at the moment.”

Barlow has had two stints on the board, having also been one of the founding members of the Histon Independent Supporters’ Trust.

“John Hall has been the chairman for a long time and done a great job,” said Barlow on taking up the baton.

“Football can become a bit all-consuming and you lose an awful lot of Tuesday nights, and you lose an awful lot of Saturday afternoons. At the end of the day, there are other things in life than football, like spending time with your family.

“He asked me whether I would do it. Various colleagues said ‘I think you should do it Richard’ – I eventually said yes.”

Supporting him on the board will be Hall, Lynn Kemp, Clint Lanham, John Payne and Matt Payne, while Keith Nichols is head of finance, Howard Wilkins is club secretary and Lance Key is first-team manager.

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