Outgoing Peterborough Phantoms co-owner Sue Housden is convinced more good times are ahead.
Housden and husband Rob confirmed they are stepping aside after 14 years at the helm in the wake of the club’s English Premier League play-offs triumph yesterday (April 5).
We truly deserved to win the trophy and myself and Rob are delighted to finish on such a high noteSue Housden
The club now passes from one husband-and-wife duo to another with Dave and Jo Lane assuming control.
The Lanes have been increasingly involved in the running of Phantoms in recent seasons and are the club’s major backers through their Dalrod business.
Housden said: “We couldn’t be happier than leaving the club in the hands of Dave and Jo who are excellent business people and so passionate about the sport.
“It hasn’t been a quick decision to step aside. We’ve worked towards this day with Dave and Jo for the past two seasons.
“We’ve been involved in Peterborough ice hockey for 14 years and it is a hell of a commitment in terms of finances and time.
“My health hasn’t been the best in recent times and we need to start taking things a little bit easier. We’ve got to think about our retirement.
“I want to make it clear that myself and Rob stepping aside will have absolutely no effect on the future of the club.
“It will be business as usual and in fact I believe Dave and Jo can take the club to another level. Things will only get better.”
Phantoms completed a league and cup double in their debut English Premier League season back in 2002-03 and retained the cup crown the following season.
Their finest moment came in 2008-09 when enjoying the only treble ever achieved at this level and a six-year wait for further honours ended this weekend – much to the delight of Housden.
She added: “We have a wonderful coaching staff and I could not be more thankful for the work they and the players have put in.
“Reaching the play-off finals was a bonus and to leave with the trophy is beyond our wildest dreams and I’m sure there are plenty of surprised people out there.
“We have regularly dug in and won games – not only this weekend but throughout the whole season.
“We have a big hockey family in Peterborough and the support has been incredible.
“We share our good and bad times together and we couldn’t have done it without the fans.
“We truly deserved to win the trophy and myself and Rob are delighted to finish on such a high note.
“I don’t think it will be the last time Phantoms are involved in the play-off finals either with such a great coaching team and set of players.”