St Albans City chairman Ian Ridley has unexpectedly resigned from his role at the club.

Ridley took on the position at Clarence Park 17 months ago but announced on Twitter his decision to depart.

He decided he was unable to stay on after disagreeing with a proposal by the club’s owners to raise the price of admission to games by 20 per cent.

The well respected journalist wrote on Twitter: “Sadly (for me anyway) I feel I have to resign as chairman and will be stepping down from today.

"Am unable to agree/implement the owners' proposal, agreed by other board members, for 20 per cent admission price rise in mid-season."

The news comes as the players are believed to have been given a wage cut.