Over the past few weeks, there have been a few changes behind the scenes and we are now able to release the news that Dan Jones has stepped down as Chairman, and stepping up will be Rich Strike.
Dan has done a truly fantastic job at Rangers over the 26 years that he has served in this and management roles. This has been both felt and seen in all facets of the club and without doubt, all at Rangers have benefited from his leadership, as we have worked back up the leagues to our current position in the West Yorkshire FA Divisions.
We are very pleased to announce that he has agreed to stay on as a senior committee member of the club, and also accept an honorary life member accolade at Rangers (along with Dan Marshall), we can certainly think of no two people who deserve this more.
Dan, who wishes Rich, the players, managers and all behind the scenes every success for the future, has stated that he has taken this decision with a heavy heart, but due to new challenges and opportunities that have arisen, he believes that it is the right time to hand the reins over to a new man, who can build upon very successful foundations.
That man is Rich Strike, who many will know from his playing days with the club, and more recently the player/manager of our Veterans side. Rich has always been a driving force within the club and has come up with some amazing ideas during the many committee meetings/AGM’s that he has attended.
It is that drive, focused attitude and willingness to act on new ideas that he will bring to the role of Chairman, and all of the committee are 100% behind Rich in both his appointment and his ideas to propel the club forward.
Speaking about his new role, Rich said, “It’s an absolute honour and privilege to become the Chairman of this great club.
On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Dan Jones for an incredibly successful tenure as Chairman. His reign, spanning many years, has seen the football club move from strength to strength, with a structure in place which allows the club to push for promotion to the Premier Division and beyond, which would be the highest level this football club has ever played at.
These are some big shoes to fill but I now hope I can continue Dan’s hard work, and if I do half as good a job as he’s done, then we’ll be in good standings.
The club has evolved and now has more of a presence on social media with fantastic videos and photos, thanks to the hard work of Pete Arnett and his son Kieran.
I’m fortunate to have John-Paul Williams as the Vice-Chairman and together, we are looking forward to working with the managers and our aim is to try and obtain funding to upscale the facilities so they are suitable for the higher leagues and potentially increase opportunities for additional revenue.”
As a result of Rich becoming Chairman, he has stepped down as Manager of the Veterans team, and we are also pleased to announce that this role will now be split between Rob Stabler and Steve Smith. Rich will remain as part of the playing squad.
I’m sure that everyone who has been, or is presently, associated with the club, be it fan, player or staff member will agree that we have been incredibly lucky to have had a Chairman in Dan, who has cared for and helped progress the club to the level it is at now, and we all look forward to working alongside Rich, as he takes on the challenge of moving the club even further forward.
Over this week, our Media team hopes to have a more in-depth interview with both Dan and Rich, where hopefully, plans for the club’s future may be revealed, and we will look back on what has been a massive 26 years for Kirk Deighton Rangers.