Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
RFU Championship
Cornish Pirates owner steps down after two decades
ESPN Staff
July 1, 2014
Cornish Pirates' Mennaye Field © Getty Images
Enlarge

Cornish Pirates owner Dicky Evans is to leave the club after 20 years of involvement, as he indicated he would last autumn.

Evans, 68, who is based in Kenya, hands over to new shareholders today. He will continue to sponsor the club for the next two seasons.

"Family, age, health, distance, weariness, frustration, other business commitments stacked up and brought me to the conclusion last September that I should resign and I did so but kept it amongst close colleagues initially," he said. "We have reached the final stages and I sign over the shares … to just over 70 new shareholders.

"They inherit the club in a considerably better position than it was in 1995 when I became seriously involved, as we have no debt and are in the top 24 teams in England. Long may it last."

Evans has in effect handed over the club - the fee is a nominal £1 - as he has written off all debts owing to him. "The Pirates will now move into an exciting new era with new ideas and new energy," he said.

He took over Penzance & Newlyn RFC in 1995 at a time they were close to bankruptcy and invested considerable sums in playing staff and structure with the goal of taking them to the Premiership. They came close, twice reaching the Championship play-off finals, losing on both occasions.

One other ambition Evans was not able to see through was the building of a new stadium capable of hosting top-flight rugby. But that goal has become more likely with the announcement earlier this month when a property developer unveiled plans and finance for a 10,000-seater stadium in Truro.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Belgian GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Athletics - Commonwealth Games
    Cycling - Tour de France
    Darts - World Matchplay
  • Rugby

    Cheetahs winger lands 80-metre penalty kick

    Gerrie Labuschagne captures global attention with his "shot heard round the world", the Cheetahs Under-19 winger slotting a penalty goal from 80 metres in training

  • Boxing

    Froch and Chavez Jr. in talks for January bout

    A fight between Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is back in discussions, but rather than happening this year, as originally intended, the target date is January 24 in Las Vegas

  • Rugby

    Women's World Cup set to take centre stage

    The 12 teams taking part in the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup have now arrived in France and took part in a photocall in Paris to launch the event

  • Cricket

    India allowed to appeal Jadeja verdict

    India have been allowed to appeal the guilty verdict against Ravindra Jadeja for his alleged role in the incident involving James Anderson at Trent Bridge

  • Golf

    McIlroy ready to 'move forward' after Open win

    Rory McIlroy says he has not let his Open Championship victory consume him as he attempts to get ready for a hectic part of the golf schedule, starting with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!