Former Banbury United owner Jed McCrory says the Evo-Stik Southern League club will always have a place in his heart, despite taking over as chairman of Swindon Town.

He told a press conference to unveil the consortium taking over the npower League One club that he would watch Banbury play whenever he could.

“The situation with Banbury United is it is a club very close to me,” he said.

“Seeing those kids come off the street and play football and change their mentality was fantastic.

“Full credit to the guys and the effort they’ve put in for a team like Banbury.

“The volunteers are growing, but they fully support the club now and grassroots football is very important for everyone.

“My role at Banbury in my eyes hasn’t changed. I’ll still be down there supporting the club, I’ll still be down there to paint the stands if it’s needed.

“I’ll still be popping in to have a drink with them. Why should I change?”

McCrory said under Football League rules he had to relinquish his role at Spencer Stadium.

“I cannot hold positions in both,” he added. “But with the position of the FA and the Football League – they were impeccable in working with me on Swindon Town Football Club and aiding and advising me going forward.

“I know that might be a bit vague on Banbury United, but again I’m being respectful towards the Banbury board.

“I’ve spoken to the fans and I’ve spoken to the supporters and the volunteers and they know I’m fully behind them.

“I just want to wish them all the best, I still want to know I’m still supporting them and I’m going to be down watching them whenever I can.”