Head of Deaf Football Paul Young and Head of Women’s Football Sue Hawkshaw have joined the board of directors at the club, whilst Iain Wilkinson has been made an honorary vice-president!

Good Afternoon all,

As promised, an update as to the changes we have made at boardroom level to help support and continue to develop the club across all areas of our activity.

We are delighted to welcome both our Head of Deaf Football Paul Young and our Head of Women’s Football Sue Hawkshaw onto the board of directors at the club!

Paul has been instrumental in the growth, development and success of our deaf section over recent years, growing it from nothing to arguably the strongest set up in the country! Winning multiple high profile competitions, Champions League qualification and even being in the position of having to play matches with less than a full team due to the high number of international call-ups!

Aside from his achievements on the pitch, Paul has become more active within the club itself in recent times, helping me put on our sign language classes, contributing thoughts towards the planning permission for the new pitch, and inputting a number of great ideas and suggestions on various topics to help the club move forwards.

Paul will add great value to not only our board of directors but also the club as a whole with his greater participation!

Sue Hawkshaw only joined the club as our Head of Women’s football a few months ago, but in that short time has made significant change for the better and has taken the role on with passion, drive and a level of commitment that has impressed everyone around her.

Coming from a management background, Sue has all of the business related and decision making qualities you would hope for from a company director, and despite only a short time with us so far has excelled, and made this decision a very easy one!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome both Paul and Sue onto our board of directors! This makes us stronger as a club and we at board level are fully representational of all who pull on a Farsley shirt at all levels throughout the club, giving everyone a voice!

As well as that, long time Celts supporter Iain Wilkinson has been made an honorary vice-president of the club!

This for me is one of the best parts about being the owner of our great club, and it brings me a huge amount of pleasure to announce that Iain Wilkinson has been made a “Farsley Celtic Honorary Vice President.”

Iain is without doubt one of my favourite people at the club and has been for the last five years! An absolutely genuine guy, who always says it as it is, has a fantastic dry sense of humour with some brilliant one-liners, and always and most importantly has the club at heart!

I asked Iain for a few words about his time at the club and here they are: “I spent many years watching the old Farsley, but from the sidelines both home and away. Since the folding of the old club and the rebirth ,I made a promise to myself I would become a more active and at times vocal volunteer. Doing whatever was needed to make sure our Village team continued flourish and play at the highest level possible!

“There isn’t a lot I haven’t had to turn my hand at at this place. But mainly starting as a Steward (we had two at the time) working my way up to the Matchday Safety Officer. Doing this whilst joining the committee of the supporters club.

“I became vice chairman about ten years ago up until COVID. I have had many a happy hour throwing myself into the best Village football team (doing whatever I could to help the team) in the world.

“Unfortunately age and ill health has played it’s part but I look forward to a new chapter. I can guarantee FCFC runs through my veins and I remain a loyal servant the club.”

I hope you will all join me to thank a true Farsley Celtic legend for all of his efforts and congratulate him on a fantastic achievement! Well done Iain!