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Innes calls time on Wick chairman role

By Matt Leslie

Time was a major factor for Scorries chairman James Innes in taking the decision to stand down from his post.

Innes made the announcement during the awards presentation that took place immediately after Wick Academy's match against Keith on Saturday.

Rumours had been spreading that Innes was preparing to step aside as chairman and he took the opportunity to confirm to the supporters that he would be vacating the role.

He will continue to serve on the club's committee. A successor has still to be appointed.

Of his decision, Innes said: "I've been chairman for five years now and I feel that's a nice landmark to exit on.

"Both my business and personal circumstances have changed and I don't feel I can give as much time as I once did to the position.

"When I was appointed, I thought I would be here for three years but obviously I've been chairman a lot longer than that.

"I'm 43 years old and until I officially leave my post I am the youngest chairman in the Highland League. If, a few years down the line, the committee ask me to step up again then I'll be happy to consider it.

James Innes is stepping down as Academy chairman. Picture: Mel Roger
James Innes is stepping down as Academy chairman. Picture: Mel Roger

"I will still be active on the committee but it's maybe time that someone else can step up and bring some new ideas in."

Innes's reign as chairman has brought a lot of happy memories for him.

He added: "Obviously, winning the North of Scotland Cup in 2015 is a huge highlight. Not only to win our first ever piece of silverware as a Highland League club, but to win it in the manner that we did – a 6-2 victory against Nairn.

"The same year, we also reached the Highland League Cup final. Although we lost 4-0 to Cove, it was good to reach the final.

"Plus being the chairman when the club celebrated its 125th anniversary was an honour. Hosting Hibs at Harmsworth Park last summer was a highlight, as was reaching the third round of the Scottish Cup twice."

As for whoever succeeds him, Innes has one piece of advice.

"Whoever steps in after me, I would say to them that every decision that they make must be made for the good of the club – even if it is unpopular at the time," he said. "If it proves to be the right one in the long term, then you will have made the correct decision."

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