FA Trophy run not enough to keep Gainsborough Trinity chairman from stepping down
Peter Swann has stood firm on his decision to step down as Gainsborough Trinity chairman despite the club's heroics in the FA Trophy.
However, Swann said if he could overcome his health concerns and resolve the protracted negotiations over the purchase of the Northolme, he may be willing to change his mind.
The Blues were within touching distance of Wembley before Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Wrexham knocked them out at the semi-final stage last Saturday, writes Dave Marshall.
Swann said he reveled in seeing the joy in the faces of the Trinity supporters last weekend, but at present it was not enough to prevent him from standing down.
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"Days like this (an FA Trophy semi-final) make me want to carry on but nothing has changed with that," he said. "That's not to say that things can't change. Of course I would like more of this but I would first have to be confident of two things.
"Firstly, that my health could cope with staying on and secondly I would have to own the football ground.
"The situation with the ground is still frustrating me. I am having to chase it.
"I'm sure they (current owners the Blues Club) can see this success and I'm sure they can see the investment I have made in this team is giving them a revenue stream.
"But I can't wait until the end of the season, it has to be sorted out soon. I am still positive, but I would like a forward step from them. I know they are trying to sort out a valuation, but I would like them to tell me where we are."
Gainsborough's superb FA Trophy run saw the side eliminate three Blue Square Bet Premier sides along the way, with Forest Green Rovers, Barrow and Tamworth falling victim to the Blues' underestimated firepower.
The Trophy success has also seen Trinity collect £30,000 in prize money alone, which Swann says will go back into the football club.
"The FA Trophy run has brought in money and it always helps," added Swann.
"If we had reached the Wembley final, we would probably have broken even this year.
"The money we have brought in will go back into the football club and hopefully, if we can reach play-offs this season, we may yet hit budget."