'Correct course of action': Six board members who voted to axe Thornaby FC's female section resign

The six board members who voted to axe Thornaby FC's entire female section have now stepped down.

On Sunday, Thornaby FC announced that the “majority on the Thornaby FC committee” voted to remove “the entire female section” from the club leaving "over 100 girls without a club". The announcement was met with uproar from the football community including England footballer Beth Mead MBE who said she was "disgusted" by the decision.

At the time, chairman of the club Garry Morris, based at Teesdale Park on Acklam Road, said the decision to withdraw support for the women’s team is one he did not agree with and now it has been confirmed by committee member, Phillip Genery, six people have resigned.

Speaking to Teesside Live on Monday, Mr Genery said: "I think the resignation of those six board members was the only correct course of action. We continue to work with the representatives of women's and children's teams to bring them back on board and show them that Thornaby FC can be an inclusive, supportive home where they can continue to thrive."

Chairman Garry Morris previously took to the Thornaby FC's Facebook page stating he had asked the board to reconsider their decision and to consider their positions. He said: "I would like to take this opportunity to clarify my thoughts at an extremely difficult time for the club and more importantly, the female players effected by these actions.

"The decision to withdraw support for the women’s Team is one that I do not agree with, and along with another member of the committee, voted against it at yesterday’s emergency meeting. I have made my feelings known to the board, have asked them to reconsider their decision, and also to consider their positions on the board as patrons and trustees of the football club.

"We are empowered by the fans of the club to make the right decisions for the future of the club, and all those who show their unwavering support to both the male and female teams of all age groups deserve better. I firmly believe this decision made yesterday does not do that, and will be making this clear to the remaining members of the board."

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