Chadwick leaves Hawick to spend time with family

Peebles Rovers vs Hawick Royal Albert at Peebles. Graeme Chadwick Hawick RA manager.

Peebles Rovers vs Hawick Royal Albert at Peebles. Graeme Chadwick Hawick RA manager.

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Another manager has left his post – and this time it’s Hawick Royal Albert’s Graeme Chadwick who has vanished off the East of Scotland footballing radar.

Chadwick joined the Teries following a stint at Peebles Rovers and will be a big miss as Royal Albert continue their struggle at the bottom of the First Division.

Speaking about his departure, Chadwick, who has been with Hawick for four seasons, including a term as an assistant manager to Lawrie Dunn, said: “It’s for personal reasons and it’s not been an easy decision to make.

“Besides being Hawick manager, I have a full-time job as well as running a part-time business.

“Recently, I’ve taken up a scouting position with Hearts and watch young players play on Sundays. All of this keeps me very busy and it was getting to the stage I was not spending enough time with my family, so I have decided to give up the Hawick job.”

Royal Albert committee member Daniel Drummond said of Chadwick’s decision: “There comes a time in everyone’s life where they move on from their current position to focus on what’s right at the time.

“On behalf of Hawick Royal Albert, I would like to share our appreciation and gratefulness, and wish him all the best in the future.”

Currently second bottom of the East of Scotland First Division, Hawick travel to face table-topping Peebles Rovers at Whitestone Park on Saturday. In charge of team matters for this outing are John Fettes, who has been second in command to Chadwick for two seasons, and coach Alan McKenzie.

Kelso United hit the road to Fife to face Burntisland Shipyard.

In the Lowland League, Selkirk are off to do battle with BSC Glasgow and, having gained a very creditable draw with Gretna 2008 last weekend, the Yarrow Park men will be confident.

Manager Stevie Forrest told The Southern: “We had a makeshift side out against Gretna, which included Garry O’Connor at centre half in a completely-reshuffled defence, and we played the best that we have done for ages.

“Our defence in particular was outstanding and, what’s more, Garry scored a goal.

“Indeed, it was a game that we should have won as we were the better side, but at the moment we can’t even buy luck. We did, however, get a draw and, fingers crossed, this could be the turning point we have been looking for.”

Vale of Leithen entertain Gretna 2008 in the Image Printers Cup at Victoria Park.