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It is Goodbye to Barry! Get Well Soon

It is Goodbye to Barry! Get Well Soon

Barry Kilby has announced he will stand down as Chairman of Burnley Football Club Board of Directors in May citing "unfortunate health issues" among the reasons for his decision.

He has been Chairman of the club for 13 years and is widely respected and regarded amongst Clarets fans. In January 1999 he invested £3 million in the club becoming Burnley FC`s largest shareholder.

In a statement on the Official website, he said:

"It has been an honour and a privilege to have been at the helm of this great club for the past 13 years.

"However, growing demands on my time caused by the treatment of unfortunate health issues have convinced me that the time is right to plan to step down as chairman.

"I will, of course, give my full support to my successor and hopefully will still be able to make a significant contribution to the well-being and progress of Burnley Football Club."

Barry was first appointed to the Board of Directors in October 1998 before becoming chairman two months later. He was at the helm during two promotions for the Clarets, the most recent of course being to the Premier League after our Wembley play-offs victory against Sheffield United in May 2009.

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Date:Tuesday February 7 2012
Time: 12:53PM


Thanks for everything Barry. Take good care of yourself. It's great to know you'll still be around to help. Let's all try to make Barry's last season truly memorable
Couch Potato
07/02/2012 13:06:00
Think we all knew it was have to say there have been more highs than lows under Barry, we wish him well and a speedy recovery, thanks for the good times.
07/02/2012 15:13:00
Barry is without doubt the best chairman Burnley have had in my lifetime. Wish him well. Who is going to replace him that's the big Question.
Grimsby Claret
07/02/2012 15:29:00
Every one knows my thought's on some of the decisions that where made under Barry tenure, but I have to comment on the guy, he's Burnley through and through and without doubt a safe pair of hands, I'm sad to hear that he's not been well of late and I wish him all the very best on that front, He has been very inspirational and no one can ever doubt he always wanted the best for his club, I'm glad he will be around, I hope when can kick on and find new investment now, we cant keep going on selling what crown jewels we have or we will get know where, I'll raise a glass to that man that for me, Mr. Burnley FC !
07/02/2012 16:21:00
Continuing to think about Barry, a key fact that I keep coming back to is he was - and is for the rest of the season - a chairman of director/shareholders, not a sole owner.
Couch Potato
07/02/2012 16:44:00
First and foremost I wish Mr Kilby well and hope, whatever the heath issues are, that they can be overcome. Being a chairman must be a thankless task as every decision will be unpopular with someone. The fact is though that Burnley FC is in a far better position now than it was when Kilby took over and if the chairman takes his share of the criticism when things go wrong then he must also receive some plaudits when the opposite is true. Barry Kilby has been a real fan of, and great asset to, BFC and let's hope that he continues to be in the future, even if it looks likely to be in a slightly different role.
07/02/2012 18:14:00
I am surprised health reasons are cited considering this was first mentioned during the summer. I personally think he is taking his money back and running whilst he still can with the premiership year still on everyone's mind and his reputation intact. I don't have anything against him personally just think he is a lot more shrewd than he makes out being a 'true fan'. A businessman doesn't stop being a businessman in my opinion and I would love to get the reaction of the next chairman if it is an outsider to see how our books really are!
07/02/2012 18:24:00
I have no trouble with anyone looking underneath the covers of anything. But, YC, all that's been said at this point is that he is stepping down as Chairman. That doesn't necessarily mean he is selling his shares. I think he's only third largest shareholder anyway at the moment, and was only continuing as Chairman at the request of the other shareholders, which would have to include the two bigger ones. So even if he did cash in by selling his shares, that alone wouldn't change much. Either Mr Flood or Mr B (He said that's what he likes to be called when I asked him at the Clarets Trust Real Ale Festival how to pronounce his name.) will become Chairman, if nothing else changes. Mr Flood's been Twittering quite a lot recently, Hollins tells us, and Totally Claret posted something in the forums of this site about him selling his stake in another company. Who knows what that might mean? But I'll stay as someone who accepts Barry Kilby's statement about his health at face value and wish him well.
Couch Potato
07/02/2012 19:00:00
Thanks Barry - Burnley is a far far better club for your loyal contribution!
07/02/2012 20:19:00
Barry has been a great Chairman for Burnley FC. Always open and hones. Always a 100% Burnley fan. A steady and safe pair of hands who will be very hard to replace. Football in smaller towns with the present financial pressures grows more and more difficult. It would be great to go out a high note so let us back the team 100% to get in the play-offs and repeat that Wembley victory!
Peter Pike
07/02/2012 21:18:00
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