Farsley Celtic’s new president is a familiar face

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Paul Glover in his playing days at Farsley Celtic

By Thomas Ritchie

Farsley Celtic have appointed groundsman and club director Paul Glover as their new club President.

Mr Glover, a former part-owner and chairman, assumes the role following the passing of former president John Palmer in December.

A club statement said: “Paul Glover is Farsley Celtic through and through, having had an active association with the club for over 70 years.”

He was friends with some of Farsley’s founding members and at just 14 was the club’s groundsman, before representing the club on the pitch as a player for 17 years.

During his time at Farsley, Paul has also held the positions of chairman, part owner and director.

He is familiar to many as the Celts’ match-day announcer, a role he has held for a number of years. In recent years he has also resumed the role of groundsman, and is an integral part of the club’s new board of directors, alongside his announcing duties.

Chairman Paul Barthorpe said: “I’m delighted that Paul has agreed to become our new Club President, and I don’t think you could find someone who is more Farsley Celtic.

“Following the sad passing of John Palmer, it was always going to be a difficult decision on who could follow in his footsteps and fill this role, but in Paul, I think we have the perfect person.

“He is and always has been an integral part of this club, and he truly has the football club in his heart.”

Changing times: Farsley Celtic. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

Farsley Celtic travel to Boston

Farsley Celtic will be looking to build on Tuesday’s win over Brackley Town today (Friday), as they travel to Boston United (3pm).

The Celts head back on the road for the first time after a run of four consecutive games at the Citadel, and visit a side who sit just three points above them in the table.

That run of four-straight home games saw Russ Wilcox’s side collect seven valuable points, which have seen a four-point gap open to the relegation zone.

However, this weekend marks a pivotal point in the fight for survival, with the Celts facing two fellow relegation-threatened sides in Boston and Blyth Spartans.

Farsley visits a Pilgrims side who have themselves seen a resurgence of late to push them clear of the trap door, with Ian Culverhouse’s side unbeaten in five games.

That run has seen Boston record some crucial victories in the relegation battle, with Blyth Spartans, Bradford (Park Avenue) and Leamington all defeated in March.

Speaking after Tuesday’s win, Dave Syers said: “It just gives us a load of confidence going into, really, two crucial games over Easter.

“It frees up a little bit with Boston away, but we know how key Blyth here on Monday is going to be.

“The great thing is, after where we’ve been this season, it is in our hands, and the confidence that the lads have got we’re going to be backing ourselves.”

TEAM NEWS

Bobby Johnson and Luke Parkin have both been ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury.

Isaac Assenso continues to near a comeback from an injury sustained whilst on loan at Guiseley.

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