Andrew Wood announced as new chairman of Gainsborough Trinity FC

Gainsborough Trinity have announced the appointment of Andrew Wood as their new chairman, writes Rob Hughes.
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Acquiring a significant shareholding in the football club, Wood joins Dave Horsley and John Myskiw as major shareholders.

Following a period of due diligence and observation, Wood now takes full control over the day to day running of Trinity, and the new man was quick to point to a positive atmosphere at the club.

“I’ve encountered great positivity at every level, and I look forward to us all working together in our club’s best interests,” he said.

Andrew Wood - new Gainsborough Trinity chairman.Andrew Wood - new Gainsborough Trinity chairman.
Andrew Wood - new Gainsborough Trinity chairman.

A successful local businessman with over 40 years experience, Wood has clear aims as to what he wants to be judged upon.

“I want promotion to, and consolidation in, the division above our current status,” he said. “That, plus a good FA Cup run or two, are the benchmarks by which I will measure our success three years from now.”

The new chairman intends to provide a holistic feel to the club saying: “I want to be as transparent as possible and will try to involve supporters and volunteers more in some of the decision making, giving everyone a voice.”

Determined to re-align the community centre of the club, Wood will bring together the different branches of the Gainsborough Trinity tree, something already seen with the Women's team playing at the Kal Group Stadium in recent weeks. Also set to play on the Northolme are the Reserves, who this Friday play host to Dinnington Town (7.45pm).

Wood’s first game at the helm see the Holy Blues travel to FC United of Manchester on Saturday, with one point and one place separating the sides in the Pitching In Northern Premier League, ahead of Tuesday night’s fixture.

It has been a frustrating three weeks for Trinity boss Russ Wilcox with the trip to Matlock Town called off due to a frozen pitch and then no game last weekend either with scheduled opponents Marske withdrawing from the league. The game at Matlock has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday, 6th February at 7.45pm.

Matlock are only two places above Gainsborough and it continues a crucial period for the club with the following two games against Atherton Collieries and Basford United – two of the only five sides below Trinity.