FORMER Cherry Steve Cook has taken his first steps into the boardroom – after becoming majority owner of non-league Westfield FC.

The 31-year-old told the Daily Echo back in 2015 that he would consider becoming involved with hometown club Hastings United.


Whilst Cook has not purchased Hastings, he has returned to his roots, with Westfield based just five miles north of the coastal town.

The Sussex club currently plying their trade in the 11th tier of English football, finishing 11th out of 13 teams in the Mid-Sussex Premier Division last term.

Speaking about the decision to become majority owner of the club, Cook stated: “(I’m) delighted to get this over the line.

“The opportunity arisen, as I’m close to the family. The idea fitted with my current ambitions and looking to help progress local football.

“I’m looking forward to adding this great club and helping to take it to the next level.”

The Westies chairman, Jack Stapley, shared: “I’ve known Steve a long time, and this has been a long few months of talks that have [brought] us to this point.

“It’s a fantastic time to be involved with the club.

“Steve matches the ambition of the club and can’t wait to get started.”