Former JJB sports chairman Sir David Jones retired as a director at the sporting goods retailer ahead of this week's AGM.

Sir David, who stepped down as chairman in January to become a non-executive director, is retiring due to ill-health, JJB said.

A statement to the London Stock Exchange said: "Sir David played a crucial role as executive chairman during 2009 at a time when the company was close to administration, leading the company through a succession of transactions and initiatives to secure its survival and to create a platform for growth."

Sir David, who has had an illustrious career in retailing at Grattan, Next, Wm Morrison Supermarkets and Shop Direct, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1982.

He joined JJB as a non-executive director in 2007 and became executive chairman in January 2009.

The company held its AGM in Wigan on Wednesday (28 July).

Keith Jones, the company's CEO, said: "As you know, I joined JJB Sports almost exactly 5 months ago. I believe the company, through hard work and the application of our colleagues, has achieved a great deal in that time.  However, as presented in May at the time of our preliminary results, we are still at the start of our journey, but we remain optimistic about long term prospects and growth.

"Like for like trading in the six week period to 4 July, covering the World Cup, was up 22.3 % on the same period the previous year, with sterling gross margin up 54.5% for the same period. Year to date sales to 4 July were up 12.1% year on year and we have continued to make progress in line with expectations in the 3 weeks since."