Magpies chairman retires after 36 years
Jim Edwards is retiring as chairman of Peacehaven & Telscombe after 36 years at the helm.
Edwards, who took over from Bob Hockey back in 1978, will be succeeded by 35-year-old Andrew Melbourne, the club’s community development officer.
The change has come at the most exciting period in Peacehaven & Telscombe’s history, on the eve of their first-ever campaign in the Ryman Premier Division.
Melbourne was not even born when Edwards, a former Peacehaven player, took charge of the club.
He oversaw the club’s emergence into a Sussex County League force during the next two decades as they won six Division One titles in 18 years.
The club plunged into intermediate football as recently as 2005 but they instantly bounced back from Division Three and have climbed up the leagues.
After winning the County League in 2013, they stormed to a second successive title in April by romping away at the top of Ryman Division One South.
Edwards’ last match as chairman was the Sussex Senior Cup final, held at the Amex Stadium, when the Magpies beat Bognor Regis Town 3-0 for yet more silverware.