Farsley Celtic appoint advisor as board restructure continues ahead of crunch Buxton tie

The Citadel is the home of National League North club Farsley Celtic. Photo: Farsley Celtic

Cash-strapped Farsley Celtic have appointed a sports and litigation lawyer as an advisor to the club’s board.

Gary Duke-Cohan is a partner at Hammersmith-based Myers, Fletcher and Gordon solicitors and has more than 30 years’ experience as a sports and litigation lawyer.

He has also worked in football for a number of years, representing clubs, players and managers from the Premier League right through to the non-league system, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, particularly in France and Eastern Europe.

Mr Duke-Cohan is also involved in football as a legal advisor, scout, licensed intermediary and consultant.

Advisor: Gary Duke-Cohan.

Mr Duke-Cohan is the latest appointment to the club’s board.

Earlier this month Daniel Bennett became the club’s first Project Development Director, Paul Glover joined to offer business expertise and supporters’ club chief John Stubbs also became a director. Their appointments came after finance director Ian Cotton left the club after three years.

On Mr Duke-Cohan’s appointment, chairman Paul Barthorpe said: “I am personally delighted to welcome Gary to the club. He brings a totally new dimension to the board in a way we have never had before, which will allow us to start operating and dealing with issues in a different way.

“Having known Gary for some time, his footballing knowledge is superb and obviously his legal skills are second to none.

“What he brings in terms of his personality, passion and drive are what truly makes him the best possible fit for Farsley. I very much look forward to his input and helping to drive the club forwards!”

Earlier this month Mr Barthorpe hit back at ‘damaging’ rumours about the club’s finances – and denied the the club was about to go bust.

In a statement issued on The Celts’ website, Mr Barthorpe, who took over as chairman in 2019 from previous incumbent John Palmer, said: “I am writing this unprecedented response to end these damaging rumours and gossip about our club, and to reassure our fans that anything you hear relating to the club “going bust” is absolutely and totally false.”

Dave Syers in action for the Celts against Marske United. Photo: John McEvoy

Celts entertain Buxton in crunch relegation battle

Farsley Celtic welcome Buxton to the Citadel on Tuesday evening, hoping to return to action following back-to-back postponements of their last two home games.

The match sees the third-bottom Celts sitting in one of the four National League North relegation spots. Buxton are five points better off, but the hosts have two games in hand.

The Celts will be looking to build on their 7-1 FA Trophy victory over Marske United nine days ago and appear to have no new injury worries and a full squad to pick from.

The visitors are enduring a poor run of results and have gone three games without a goal following a 1-0 reversal at home to mid-table Hereford in their last game on Saturday, January 21.

Here is all Farsley Celtic fans need to know ahead of the fixture.


The Citadel, Newlands, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5BE

Adults: £14
Concessions (Over 60s, Students with a valid NUS card): £9
Ages 10-17: £5
Ages 6-9: £2
Under 6s: Free

Supporters can use cash or card to purchase tickets on the gate. Tickets are currently not available online.

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