FOOTBALL: Wade stands down as Coleraine Chairman

?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 5th August 2010 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry''Carling's Niall McMullan, Irish FA's Hugh Wade with Glentoran's Jenny Curran, Linfield's Catherine Milligan and Cliftonville's Katie Larmour at the launch of the new Carling Premiership season today where a new goal was announced to boost attendances at matches by 10 per cent annually. The new season which kicks off on Saturday follows a hugely successful first year of Carling's sponsorship of the Premiership, with match attendances increasing by six per cent and almost 12,000 additional fans passing through the turnstiles.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 5th August 2010 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry''Carling's Niall McMullan, Irish FA's Hugh Wade with Glentoran's Jenny Curran, Linfield's Catherine Milligan and Cliftonville's Katie Larmour at the launch of the new Carling Premiership season today where a new goal was announced to boost attendances at matches by 10 per cent annually. The new season which kicks off on Saturday follows a hugely successful first year of Carling's sponsorship of the Premiership, with match attendances increasing by six per cent and almost 12,000 additional fans passing through the turnstiles.

Hugh Wade has stood down as chairman of Coleraine to focus on his work at the Irish Football Association.

Wade is the current Irish Premiership chairman and also Coleraine’s representative at the association.

Wade will be vice-chairman at Coleraine while existing board member Colin McKendry becomes the new chairman.

Kilmarnock friendly

Meanwhile, Coleraine have announced they will host Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock in a pre-season friendly on 9 July.

The match is likely to be the first friendly of the summer and comes a week before Coleraine travel to Scotland to participate in the Stena Cup in Stranraer.

Kilmarnock are currently managed by former Coleraine boss Kenny Shiels who is father-in-law of current Bannsiders manager Oran Kearney.