Farsley Celtic make two new appointments to strengthen board

Home ground: The Citadel is home to Farsley Celtic FC.

Farsley Celtic have appointed two new people to their board, subject to Football Association approval.

Paul Glover and John Stubbs are familiar faces to supporters at Farsley, with both having long associations with the club.

Mr Glover has been at Farsley for many years and is recognisable as the stadium announcer, and has more recently taken on the role of the groundsman at the Citadel.

John Stubbs is a long-time supporter of the Celts, and this summer led the revival of the Farsley Celtic Supporters Club, purchasing a minibus to provide transport to away games.

Chairman Paul Barthorpe said the addition of Paul and John to the Farsley Celtic board will provide fresh and unique insights as we look to progress on and off the pitch.

“Appointing Paul Glover to the board is for me one of the most natural appointments we could have made,” said Mr Barthorpe, who took over as chairman in 2019.

“Paul is Farsley Celtic through and through in every way possible. Having experience as a previous director at the club, his wealth of knowledge about the club and lower league operations, his levels of passion and dedication to the club, alongside his experience as a business owner, really do make him a standout and obvious choice.”

Mr Barthorpe said the appointment of John Stubbs would impact the club’s decision-making process on all levels.

“The appointment of John to the board represents a significant shift in the club’s mentality in terms of direction and leadership, and for me John adds something that Farsley and indeed most other clubs don’t and have never had at a boardroom level,” Mr Barthorpe added.

“John will provide important balance in the decision-making process and his input will have a significant impact on the future development of the club across all aspects.

“He is a very well-respected member of the local community, as he is both on and off the terraces at the club, and he has worked wonders with the supporters club in recent times.

“He brings with him a level of passion, loyalty and dedication to the club that is absolutely unquestionable. John also has significant knowledge of running businesses with a welcome and refreshing level of straight talking and honesty that is incredibly valuable to the club moving forwards.”

Last week The Celts announced that finance director Ian Cotton had left the club, Mar Cotton had been an integral member of the team over the past three years, helping the club navigate the difficult COVID-19 period.

The Celts travel to Hereford FC tomorrow evening (Tuesday) for a crunch National League North game as the visitors aim to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at Alfreton on Saturday. Supporter information can be found here.

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