WEYMOUTH have publicly confirmed the departure of director Alan Pepperell owing to ill health.

Pepperell, as previously reported by Echosport, has decided to end a 60-year association with the Terras having been both a player and fan, and has been on the Terras’ board for the past 12 years.

Pepperell joins fellow director Mark Golsby in exiting the Terras this summer.

In a statement, Weymouth’s board issued a heartfelt thanks to the long-serving Pepperell.

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It read: “Weymouth Football Club board of directors would like to express their gratitude to Alan Pepperell for his services and dedication to the club and board.

“Unfortunately, due to a prolonged period of ill health, Alan will be stepping down.

“Alan’s affiliation with the Terras spans over 60 years when at the age of 14 he became a fan while supporting the team at the Rec and became a player under Frank O’Farrell.

“From that moment, and to this day, Alan has committed himself to getting behind the team and football club.

“Since Alan’s appointment as a board member in March 2010, he’s continued his dedication with passion and professionalism.

“Alan was key in supporting the club during the dark days of regaining control of the well-publicised land project. This saw the football club through a difficult period in its history.

“Even during the global pandemic when Alan suffered a prolonged period of illness due to respiratory problems, he’d still continue to have a vested interest in the club.

“The board would like to wish Alan good health for the future and look forward to welcoming him back to the Bob Lucas Stadium to support the team in the future.”