DORCHESTER Town have confirmed the departure of vice-chairman Dave Martin from the club.

Martin served for 32 years as a director at the Magpies and was the longest-serving officer in the club's 140-year history before his exit.

Martin had already relinquished club secretary duties to Darren Wells last season and was recently appointed vice-chairman of the Southern League, serving under new chief Anthony Hughes.

However, Martin pledged to continue to help the Magpies on a voluntary basis in forthcoming years.

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He said: "After 32 years as a director of Dorchester Town FC, the longest serving director/management committee member since the formation of the club in 1880, I have decided to resign from the board.

"I feel I need a break from helping to run the club which is done on a voluntary basis."

"I shall always support the Magpies but going forward it will be from the terraces.

"I know the club is in good hands and is in a good place financially with no debt. I will continue to help the club as a volunteer.”

Dorchester expressed their gratitude for Martin's "fantastic service", adding: "We would like to say a huge thank you to David for his fantastic service and tireless work for the club over many years, and we are grateful that he will continue to help the club as a volunteer going forwards."

Martin's departure leaves Dorchester with nine board members in total, including chairman Scott Symes, directors Jaime Cartwright, Shaun Hearn, Lee Loder, Cameron Marett and Luke Richards plus associate directors Sam Bernard, Karen Symes and Cameron Dabbs.