Clitheroe set to appoint new chairman

Shawbridge
Shawbridge

CLITHEROE are set to appoint Anne Barker as the club’s new chairman.

The Blues will hold their AGM in Lordy’s Bar at Shawbridge tonight (7-30p.m. start), and everyone is welcome to attend.

Carl Garner had driven the club forward as chairman for six years before replacing parting manager Peter Smith at the helm at the end of March, and subsequently scooped the manager of the month award for April, after going nine games unbeaten.

Garner’s move into management left a vacancy in the chairman’s role, and it appears Barker, who has been the club’s vice-chairman since June 2007 after replacing Bob Kay, is the ideal candidate for the job.

“I’m currently acting chairman,” Barker said.

“I don’t want to count my chickens before they’ve hatched but there’s nobody else standing for the position, so I don’t see why I won’t get voted in.

“I’ve got a good relationship with Carl – we are great friends. There’s no one with a greater understanding of non-league football than him. He eats, sleeps and breathes football.”

Barker initially became a committee member at the club, so knows the Blues inside out.

And she feels her evolution in the Ribble Valley would be a natural progression.

“I don’t think things will be a great deal different,” she said.

“I was vice-chairman to Carl for a while, so apart from job titles, there won’t be much change.

“I’m confident we’ve got everything in place to move forward and improve on last year. I’ve got a good matchday team alongside me so everything is running smoothly.”

Since gaining promotion from the North West Counties League in 2004, Clitheroe have gone from strength to strength.

In fact, the Blues have improved on their league spot season on season since that date seven years ago.

Now Barker wants the side to continue that sequence, and make their mark on the Evo-Stik First Division North play-offs.

Barker said: “I’m really optimistic. Since we were promoted from the North West Counties, the team has always improved.

“I’m hopeful that sequence will continue and we’ll make it in to the play-offs. The signs are looking pretty good.”