Geoff Dunford leaves Bristol Rovers board for personal reasons

Director Geoff Dunford has resigned from the board at non-league Bristol Rovers for personal reasons.

Dunford has been involved with the club for 28 years and was chairman between 2004 and 2007, following in the footsteps of his father, Dennis.

In a statement,  he revealed he initially resigned in February, prior to Rovers' relegation from the Football League, but was persuaded to stay.

"The board have my support in turning the club around," said Dunford.

"My participation over the last two years has dwindled to mostly giving financial support and I hope the board can find someone young and energetic to replace me.

"In Chris Jelf and Edward Ware the club have two people who can lead us to better things. They are prepared to work hard with (chairman) Nick Higgs to bring about a change in our fortunes.

"It will not happen overnight, but please show patience."

Bristol Rovers are playing in the Conference for the first time in 94 years and have made a disappointing start to their campaign, taking one point from three games and scoring only once.

Dunford's statement concluded: "To all Gasheads, please back your team in their hour of need. Positivity is so important."