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Posted Friday, May 31st 2019

Dawe to step down as club chairman

Keith Dawe will step down as Chairman of Bristol City Football Club.

Dawe first invested in Bristol City in 1996, at the same time as Steve Lansdown, and has been chairman of the football club since May 2012.

During his seven-year tenure, the Bristol-based businessman has been influential in the club’s successes, both on and off the field. 

“It has been a privilege and an honour to be involved with Bristol City,” said Dawe.

“Alongside Steve I’ve been at the forefront of this club for almost a quarter-of-a-century and it feels like the time is now right to step back and let the next generation come through.

“Steve (Lansdown) and I became directors in 1996 and during that time we’ve worked together – as friends and colleagues –  to help steer the club to a better and more sustainable place. 

“Jon (Lansdown) has been Vice Chairman for the last five years and it has been a pleasure to watch him develop and grow into that role. He now succeeds me, with the knowledge that I will always be available to him for any guidance or expertise that I can offer. I look forward to celebrating City’s continued growth and success.”

Dawe will formally step down on Friday (May 31st) with the rest of the board remaining unchanged.

In the 2014/15 season, Dawe watched City win the League One title and lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in what was an enthralling double-winning campaign.

Having helped the club develop into a competitive Sky Bet Championship side, City then advanced into the quarter-finals of the 2017/18 Carabao Cup for the first time since 1988/89, beating four Premier League sides, including the holders Manchester United.

Dawe leaves his position with the club heading in an exciting direction, particularly off the back of an encouraging 2018/19 campaign. City reached the Emirates FA Cup last 16 for the first time since 2001 and finished eighth in the Championship – their highest league finish in 11 years – with record league attendances since the stadium redevelopment.

Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown said: “I’d like to personally and publicly thank Keith for his commitment and support over the last 23 years. We joined the board together as directors in the mid-90s and his support has been continued and unwavering, as has his friendship.”

Away from competitive action, Dawe has witnessed the redevelopment of Ashton Gate and has supported the approval of the club’s application for new state-of-the-art training facilities at its Failand base, which will further enhance the club’s successful player pathway programme.

Jon Lansdown said:  “I look forward to building on the foundations that we have laid over the last few years and know that Keith will continue to be an invaluable source of experience and knowledge to me going forward.

“Everyone connected with the club extends a huge thank you to him for his long-standing commitment to the club and the success he has helped deliver.”