Eastbourne Borough’s Len Smith has stepped down as chairman after more than four decades with the club.
In a letter to the board of directors and the football committee, Smith stated that for the sake of his health the time had come to stand down.
Smith suffered a stroke in 2011 but returned to full time involvement at Priory Lane.
Smith was one of the original members of the club and helped guide the club from Parks football in the East Sussex League to one of the most respected non-league football clubs in the country.
The highlight of which saw Borough compete for three seasons in the Conference Premier.
Vice chairman and long term friend Mike Grimer said, “It was Len’s vision and enthusiasm that realised a dream of a successful football club for Eastbourne.
“It was Len’s drive that overcame apparently insurmountable obstacles to build the club and stadium into what it is today.”
Smith leaves the club as they sit proudly on top of the Vanarama South League table.
He will continue as a member of the Langney Sports Club committee and as a member of the East Sussex Community Trust.
No announcement on Smith’s successor has been made but it is widely expected that CIC chairman Paul Maynard will take over.
Maynard has been chairman of the board for a number of seasons. He was tipped to take the role at the start of next season but could agree to the role sooner then expected.