A director involved with Lancaster City for more than 30 years has left Giant Axe.
Mick Hoyle has stepped down as both a board member and the club’s director of football to concentrate on his personal life and other business interests.
Part of a group that rescued the club from administration in 2007, the owner of Squires Snooker and Sports Bar on King Street in the city most recently helped head coach Darren Peacock with player recruitment.
He has also been the club’s caretaker manager on several occasions as well as being chairman and chief executive.
Hoyle said: “The club will always have a special place in my heart and I wish it every success.
“It would have been easy to walk away 18 months ago but I feel the work I and everyone else have put in has brought the feel good factor back to the club and long may it continue.”
Looking back on his time at the club, Hoyle added: “I’ve got fond memories of the 1995-1996 team that won the championship.
“There are also games like Spennymoor away this year.
“The game wasn’t the best but we got the win and had a great bonding session on the way back.
“It’s days like that that remind you why you do it.”
A club statment said: “After much soul searching Mick Hoyle has decided to step down from his onerous roles as a director of Lancaster City Football Club Ltd and devote more time to his personal life and other business interests.
“Mick, who has been involved with Lancaster City one way or another for over 30 years, has worked tirelessly as a director of the club since launching the rescue package in 2007.
“In the last couple of seasons Lancaster City wouldn’t even have had a team if Mick hadn’t sacrificed his summer break to put one together.
“The club owes Mick a huge debt of gratitude.”
The Dolly Blues, currently fifth in the Evo-Stik First Division North, host Northwich Victoria at Giant Axe on Saturday after a mixed week which saw them victorious at Ossett Albion on Saturday before a disappointing exit in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy at the hands of North West Counties side Nelson on Tuesday night.