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Tiverton Town FC Appoint Football’s Youngest Chairman

Wed 18th Apr 2012 | Clubs Ownership

Matthew Conridge, the 27-year old managing director of Exeter based Mamka, one of the UK’s fastest growing online retailers, has taken over the role of Chairman of Tiverton Town.

Conridge joined the football club a year ago with a wealth of business accolades behind him and his potential was immediately seen by the powers that be at Ladysmead. Within a few months he was Vice Chairman, spearheading the Centenary Committee and, with David Graham stepping down from the role of Chairman a few weeks ago for health reasons, he took on the role of Acting Chairman.

At the beginning of this month he was officially instated as Chairman and, at 27, is believed to be the youngest Chairman of a football club in England, certainly at this level and beyond.

Whilst he will be waving no magic cheque book, his enthusiasm and ambition is there for all to see. He is full of vibrant ideas and is no stranger to supporting Tiverton Town recalling fond memories of the first time he saw them, at Wembley, winning the FA Vase in 1999. He has inherited a football side that has stabilised following relegation a year ago. Indeed he has witnessed their best run for over a decade when they were undefeated in a dozen competitive games, a run that put them on the fringe of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West play-offs.

“I’m honoured to take on the role of Chairman at Tiverton Town Football Club. Tiverton is a great club with strong foundations and a rich history. The club has gone through a difficult period recently but I firmly believe that we can all pull together and move forward positively. We have a fantastic bunch of people here from the management to the volunteers to the fans, and if everybody contributes we can bring good times back to Ladysmead.”

Conridge was quick to begin a review of all parts of the football club in order to maximise its potential and his first appointment was to bring in former Tiverton Town stalwart, John Fournier, as Commercial Manager, swiftly followed by the appointment in the role of Press & Public Relations Officer of Nigel Davis who brings over 20 years of media and non-League football experience to the club.

(Image: Matthew Conridge and Tom Gardner)

Posted by: Aaron Gourley


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