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Statement: Rick Resigns

Alex Moss  Twitter:   @stowtownfc  Picture: Hogan Cobbold

Stowmarket Town can confirm that Rick Andrews has resigned as first-team manager.

The 55-year-old, who has managed the Old Gold and Blacks in 336 games since arriving at Greens Meadow in March 2013, made the decision on Friday.

Andrews guided the club to their first-ever promotion by winning the Thurlow Nunn League First Division title in 2017, Stow’s first league title in 66 years.

Stow held an unbeaten record at the top of the Premier Division before last season’s curtailment due to Covid-19 in March, while in February the club played in the last 16 of the Buildbase FA Vase for the first time.

Last month the Stow manager led the club to its 38th unbeaten league game in a row, a new record in the Thurlow Nunn League, a streak which was extended to 39 games before the 2020-21 season was suspended due to the lockdown.

“It was a hard decision as my head is telling me it’s the right thing to do, while my heart is telling me I’m being silly for leaving now,” Andrews said.

“I’ve given seven-and-a-half years of my life to the club. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve as a club during that time and, in my opinion, I’m leaving the club in a better place to when I arrived.

“Walking around the club on matchdays and seeing the improvements we’ve made and the support we get from the fans makes me more proud than anything else.

“I don’t intend to be a stranger. I hope to get to some games when time allows, but all good things come to an end.

“I want to thank the club, the chairman, every single player that has played for me, all of our sponsors who have backed us, and all of the supporters for their support.”

The club would like to say a massive thank you to Rick for his tremendous service as manager and wish him and all his family all the best for the future.

An announcement on our new management structure for the first team will follow in due course.