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Forres Mechanics chairman Doc Anderson: Time was right to step down

By Jonathan Clark

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FORRES Mechanics chairman Dr James Anderson said the time was right to stand down after resigning from his role at the club.

Confirmation of the Doc's decision to step down came on Tuesday morning, with Mechanics saying they regretted to announce his departure.

Forres Mechanics' chairman Dr James Anderson has resigned. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Forres Mechanics' chairman Dr James Anderson has resigned. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

The Doc told the Forres Gazette: "I feel it was time to stand aside and let somebody else be their leader. I have done it for 13 years and that is probably long enough.

"There is no ill will but there has been something building up and last night was a good time to step down. But there is no major issue involved.

"It would have been more difficult if we had just lost four games in a row but the fact we have scored more goals than anyone else and are on a good run made the timing good.

"I don't want my resigning to seem in any way dramatic. It's not about the individual."

Instead of focussing on his departure, it was more appropriate for Dr Anderson to have a look at the years he spent at the club.

Although, despite winning three trophies – the Highland League Cup in 2010, the North of Scotland Cup in 2011 and the Highland League in 2012, he was more interested in talking about the people he has met while in the role.

The Doc was chairman for 13 years. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
The Doc was chairman for 13 years. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

"I will look back on my time at the club with fondness," he said. "With great fondness regarding the people associated with the club and within the community.

"I have made a lot of good friends through the Mechanics and that is what I value most. Working with a really good manager has been good and it has been a pleasure working with committed footballers, many of whom have shown extreme loyalty to the Mechanics – proven by the amount of ten year testimonials we have been having.

"That is what I would consider the highlight. There has been plenty challenges, but it's all about the people.

"I sincerely hope my resignation won't effect (manager) Charlie Rowley. My stepping aside must not effect anyone. This is my business and everything else must move on in the usual way."

The Cans' statement wished their departing chairman all the best for the future – but the Doc won't be far away from the Mosset Park terraces when a home game is on.

He added: "I will still be in and around the Mechanics, sitting anywhere out of the wind and rain.

"But I won't be wearing a tie! It has never been a favourite label of mine wearing a tie to a football match. I will take an enormous pleasure in never wearing a tie to a game again."

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