Arlesey Town appoint four-season Premier League player Dave Kitson as new chairman following the resignation of John Morrell.
Kitson has been named in a surprise appointment at the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division outfit, a club he finished his playing career with.
It was on the 15th of December 2014, that Kitson, now aged 41, was appointed player-assistant manager to then-boss Nick Ironton at Arlesey Town.
The former footballer had played for the club between 2000 and 2001, before going on to make appearances for Cambridge United, Reading, Stoke, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and his last professional stint of his career Oxford United.
It is with regret that Arlesey Town Football Club announce the resignation of its chairman John Morrell with immediate effect.
John stands down after 5 years at the club. He took over in May 2016 and helped steer the club through a period of financial difficulties and restraint. More recently John has helped oversee a transition period at the club leading to stability on and off the pitch.
Everyone at the club wishes to thank John for his time, effort and help throughout his tenure at the club and we wish him and his wife Christine all the very best for the future.
In light of Johns resignation, the committee looked to promptly seek out a potential replacement, it was decided there was a clear candidate in which they would like to approach and someone they felt the members would be glad to see back at the club, therefore we are pleased to announce the appointment of former Arlesey Town and Premier League Striker Dave Kitson as Chairman of the club on an initial interim basis.
Dave first appeared for the club in 2000-2001 in our Ryman League Division Three Championship winning season. After signing for Cambridge United the following year, making over 100 appearances and scoring 40 goals, he was then signed by Reading who were, at the time playing in Division One of the Football League. From 2003-2008, Dave played over 130 games and scored 54 goals for Reading including their rise to the Premier League during their record breaking 106 season.
Dave went on to play for Stoke, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Oxford United before taking on a post playing career as a pundit for numerous broadcasters alongside appearing regularly on Talksport radio.
Dave says of his appointment: ‘I would like to thank the committee for offering me the opportunity to take on the role as Interim Chairman, I would also like to thank John Morrell for the sterling work he has done as Chairman to lead the club to this point, Arlesey has always had a place in my heart and I made numerous lifelong friends during my time here, This is an exciting period for everyone involved and I look forward to contributing to the start of the next chapter in the clubs history’.
The Club is excited to have Dave on board as we now start looking to further secure the clubs future.
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 18, 2017
–1998 Hitchin Town
1998–2000 – Hitchin Town
2000–2001 – Arlesey Town
2001–2003 – Cambridge United – 102 games (40 goals)
2003–2008 – Reading – 135 games (54 goals)
2008–2010 – Stoke City – 34 games (3 goals)
2009 → Reading (loan) – 10 games (2 goals)
2009 → Middlesbrough (loan) – 6 games (3 goals)
2010–2012 – Portsmouth – 68 games (12 goals)
2012–2013 – Sheffield United – 33 games (11 goals)
2013–2014 – Oxford United – 32 games (4 goals)
2014–2015 – Arlesey Town
Total – 420 games (129 goals)
🗣 ‘Dave Kitson rejuvenated this season, puts Stoke ahead’
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) November 7, 2017
Fans reacted on social media as Arlesey Town appoint the four-season Premier League player as their new chairman…
@lee_allinson: Sad to see john leave but fantastic appointment and news for the football club 👏👏👏
@the_jobber: David Kitson 👀 👀 What a bargain!! And a great example to the players of what can be achieved with hard work & self belief.
@ForeverAYellow: Huge good luck to him and Arlesey, nice to see their future secured and not hearing about another team going out of existence. Hope he smashes it whilst at the helm
@PresidentBidon: The Secret Interim Chairman out in all good book shops
@LeeCotton1: This has made be nostalgic for the old school Ryman League lower divisions. The first season the Ducks played in the old Ryman Division One was such a contrast compared to what we were used to. Good fun in hindsight if not at the time.
The Secret Chairman https://t.co/XEpusbDCmK
— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) April 12, 2021