NEWS: Bryn Apperley announced as new Gladiators chairman

Bryn Apperley has been announced as the new chairman of Matlock Town following Tom Wright’s decision to step down from the role after 12 years.

Apperley is already a well-known and popular figure with the Gladiators and the announcement has been met with a very positive reaction from Matlock Town’s supporters.

Apperley had been working as the club’s Vice-Chairman for the past four years and has also played a key role in Matlock Town’s extensive community and charity work in that time. The club have confirmed that Apperley’s replacement for the Vice-Chairman’s role is still being discussed.

Bryn has moved up to the role of chairman at a very intriguing time for the club. Since the 2019/20 non-league season ground to a halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the shock news emerged that Robert Molloy (a Hollywood based film producer with strong family ties to the New York Yankees) was getting directly involved with the club and was soon announced as the club’s new Vice-President.

Little is known of the details surrounding Molloy’s involvement with the club at this stage and since the early ending of the 2019/20 campaign the Gladiators have only officially announced one signing so far. This signing was announced recently when it was confirmed that Kayde Coppin had joined from Mossley in a player/assistant coach role.

It’s fair to say that Gladiators boss Paul Phillips has kept his cards very close to his chest about what signings can be expected from the club especially considering the speculation as to how much financial backing will be coming from Robert Molloy. With the question of the next chairman now answered, it is expected that Matlock Town will begin to announce several new signings sooner rather than later.

These are certainly interesting times for the seventh-tier Derbyshire outfit and it will be worth keeping an eye on to see what the next developments are at the Proctor Cars Stadium.

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