Vale secretary Currie quits over dispute

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Vale of Leithen were hit by further controversy this week as long-serving secretary Alec Currie and five other committee members resigned due to a dispute.

Currie told The Southern: “I am devastated to be leaving the Vale as I have been with the club for 20 years and Vale blood runs through my veins.

“I have been more or less forced to resign and leave the side that I love. Five other committee men have left with me.

“It’s due to a carry-on about the club bringing in a new vice- chairman. At a sub-committee meeting, club chairman Jack Diamond put Stuart Robertson’s name up for the position.

“I have no problem with Stuart. He is an ex­-Vale player, has twice been Vale manager and is a Vale man.

“However, to do something like this you have to go through the proper channels, such as in front of the full committee.

“Jack Diamond, however, said it was going to happen and that it didn’t matter what the five committee members, who were not at the sub­-committee meeting, thought.

“But you just can’t do this – a committee is a committee. So as a matter of principle, I have finished with the Vale.

“On hearing what the chairman had said, those on the committee who had not attended the sub meeting packed in as well.”

The Southern was unable to contact Mr Diamond, who is on holiday.

Meanwhile, Vale have appointed a new manager in former Peebles Rovers boss Mark Lamb, who has been in charge of the Berwick Rangers reserve side for the past two seasons.

Lamb said: “There is going to be a lot of hard work on the park, as well as behind the scenes, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

“I have appointed Chris Anderson as player/coach and this is something I am very happy about.

“Chris is a Borders lad and has had experience with Gala Fairydean and Spartans. He is a quality player and really knows the game.

“I have also signed six players in Ross Brady, Ewan Saunderson, Jordan Gill, Greg Tulloch, Ross McMillen and James Elliot, who all played for me at Berwick.

“In the next few weeks I hope to have brought in more new faces.”