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JOHN HEMMINGHAM AND BOB GORRILL LEAVE FIELD MILL
10th January 2009 17:54


02 Jan 2009, Chief executive John Hemmingham has left Mansfield Town by 'mutual consent'. From mansfieldtown.net here

06 Jan 2009, Commercial director Bob Gorrill has also left. Andy Perry explained: "Due to a restructure over the last week it is unfortunate that Bob has been a casualty as a result of this." From mansfieldtown.net here

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STAGS chief executive John Hemmingham has left Mansfield Town by 'mutual consent'.
READ more at CHAD.co.uk here

By Tim Morriss
STAGS chief executive John Hemmingham has left the football club - and will not be replaced.
Mansfield Town made the announcement late on Friday afternoon, saying the decision was by 'mutual consent'.

The Stags said they would not be commenting further on the news ahead of an expected fuller statement early next week, other than to say: "We would like to thank John for his efforts whilst with us.".

There is no suggestion of a disagreement between the club and the now former chief executive - and it is thought that the decision was agreed during discussions over the Christmas holidays.

Hemmingham joined the club at the start of the season after the takeover by Andy Perry, Steve Middleton and Andy Saunders.

A self-confessed football nut, Hemmingham (45) has a wealth of experience and knowledge after working with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United from both the supporters' and club sides of things.

A founder member of the world-famous England supporters' terrace band, he had originally joined the Stags as operations director.

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Stags chairman explains departure of chief exec and commercial director - UPDATE 15.36
CHAD.co.uk, 06 January 2009, By John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town chairman Andy Perry has explained why the Stags have parted company with chief executive John Hemmingham - and also commercial director Bob Gorrill.

http://www.chad.co.uk/stags/Stags-chairman-explains-departure-of.4846985.jp

On Friday the club had announced that Hemmingham (45), appointed by the club's new owners in the summer, would be leaving by 'mutual consent' and not be replaced . . . and then on Tuesday afternoon Gorrill also went as part of a restructuring. It is not known if he will be replaced.

On Tuesday chairman Perry told Chad: "John came on board at the club five months ago at a time that he was needed.

"But we have restructured internally and are now moving forward in a different way. So we sat down and spoke with him and it was decided it was best for both parties if we went our separate ways.

"There were no underlying issues or problems with John.

"He has done us a good job. But, unfortunately we are learning ourselves all the time as we have said from day one.

"Whatever we do now doesn't mean it is right for the future. We don't mind change. If we have to let people go for the benefit of the football club then we will do."

Hemmingham joined the Stags at the start of the season after the takeover by Perry, Steve Middleton and Andy Saunders.

A self-confessed football nut, Hemmingham has a wealth of experience and knowledge after working with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United from both the supporters' and club sides of things.

A founder member of the world-famous England supporters' terrace band, he had originally joined the Stags as operations director.

The former chief executive declined to comment this week when approached by Chad.

On Tuesday afternoon, announcing the departure of commercial director Gorrill, the Stags chairman added: "Due to a restructure over the last week it is unfortunate that Bob has been a casualty as a result of this.

"It has been great to work with Bob . . . and we wish him all the best for the future."

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Mansfield Town will not be appointing a new chief executive following the departure of John Hemmingham by mutual consent.
Chairman Andy Perry today confirmed the agreement was reached amicably after talks were held over the Christmas period.
"We would like to thank John for all his efforts because he has done a lot of good things for the club behind the scenes that people won't realise," said Perry.
"This is something we all agree on, there is no animosity that John is moving on."
READ more at Evening Post here

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OWLS' BANNED BAND MAN IS BACK!
10 Jan 09
http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/News/Championship

The return of famous Sheffield Wednesday fan John Hemmingham will be music to the ears of Owls fans.

Hemmingham shot to fame by launching a band that played on the Hillsborough Kop.

It proved such a hit with supporters that FA officials asked the band to start playing at England matches.

Bugle player Hemmingham travelled the world following the national team. He even played at other big sporting events such as world title fights in Las Vegas and the Beijing Olympics.

But Hemmingham fell out with former Wednesday Chairman Dave Allen and was banned from Hillsborough for five years.

But with Allen's departure and the arrival of new directors Lee Strafford and Nick Parker, the ban has been lifted.

Hemmingham said: "I'm delighted the ban has been lifted.

"It was all a storm in a tea cup to be honest. But I've never stopped supporting Sheffield Wednesday."

Since the end of the ban, Hemmingham has been at Hillsborough as a guest for the FA Cup defeat to Fulham.

Hemmingham could now hit the high notes once again and offer some musical backing to Brian Laws' side.

Hemmingham added: "Maybe I can look at getting the band back on the Kop again. I'm sure we have been missed!"

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