WATCH: Chairman urges Rangers fans to help club thrive

Berwick Rangers FC’s outgoing chairman, Brian Porteous has wished the club well for the future.

Porteous is standing down after 10 years as a director, eight of these as chairman, and in a final message to supporters he has urged fans to get behind the club and back them in any way they can.

Retiring Berwick Rangers chairman Brian Porteous.

Retiring Berwick Rangers chairman Brian Porteous.

Porteois said: “We have a new chairman in Len Eyre, and John Bell has been re-appointed as vice chairman, so we have some continuity there.

“We also have a new commercial manager in Graham Bell and he has a few ideas about taking the club forward and generating other avenues of income.

“The club is in a healthy financial position, thanks to some prudent book-keeping, and that’s a legacy I will leave the club, but small football clubs like ourselves rely heavily on the Scottish Cup and the additional income big money games can generate, so we have to be cautious, as the hard times can return.”

Porteous says the town of Berwick is suffering economically, with the future of its biggest employer, Jus Rol, in doubt, and he says that is why it is important the fans do whatever they can to help the club survive and thrive.

Porteous, who is standing down because of business commitments and ill health, says his only regret is never having gained promotion during his spell at the club.

He added: “We went close a couple of seasons ago, but it didn’t happen, and now we have to move on.

“We now have John Coughlin taking on the role of manager on a full-time basis from next month and he is already starting to prepare and build his squad.

“Hopefully his involvement can give the club a boost and get it to a position where everyone connected with it would like to see it be.”

After the final home game of the season (a 2-0 win over champions East Fife), Rangers held their annual end of campaign awards.

And Porteous admitted to having a tear in his eye as he addressed the gathering, claiming it was a day of ‘mixed emotions.’

Special presentations were made to him by captain Jonny Fairbairn (on behalf of the players), and director John Hush (on behalf of the Board).

Hush said: “I have worked with a few chairmen in my time, but Brian has been one of the best.”

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