Ken Walshaw has said he is to leave Newcastle Town after almost 50 years of service at the Lyme Valley Stadium.
Walshaw helped to launch the club as Parkway Hanley in 1964 and played in their first ever match.
Since then, he has served as vice-chairman and has been heavily involved in the commercial department at the Evostik Division One club.
"One of two people will be surprised but it's been on my mind for some time," he told BBC Radio Stoke.
"I've given it a terrific amount of thought and it's time to go. No one is indispensable. The club will go on and I hope it does.
"There have some amazing times. My dad and I started the club in the 1960s and a lot's gone on since then."
Newcastle are currently at their highest-ever level of non-league football.
They narrowly missed out on promotion to the Evostik Premier League at the end of last season, losing in the play-offs in their first year in Division One.