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Anne’s awards honour

Anne Barker, right, with manager Simon Haworth and player-assistant manager Gareth Roberts
Anne Barker, right, with manager Simon Haworth and player-assistant manager Gareth Roberts
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Clitheroe chair Anne Barker dedicated her Evo-Stik NPL League Achievement Award to the club.

The league’s presentation night was held on Saturday in Barnsley, with Barker honoured for her service at Shawbridge.

But she felt it was more recognition for the good work going on at the club: “The award came to me, but it’s for the club.

“I think it’s because I’ve been chairman six years and involved with the club for 10, and I’ve done just about every job going here.

“I feel ordinary – every club has someone like that.

“But Alan Ogley (league representative) and his son Mark came to a game and saw me flying around everywhere like an idiot, and Clive Timmins (Bostik Sponsorship Manager) came to present Simon (Haworth) with an award on a busy day, and I went from tea lady to the tannoy and back, and did the kits!

“You just have to roll your sleeves up and get on with it!

“But it’s not about me, we’re a really good team. We have four directors, four non-directors and we barely need to speak, we just know what needs doing.”

One of Barker and the directors’ successes has been the appointment of Simon Garner in 2013, who guided the club to seventh in the Evo-Stik First Division North last season, before naming Simon Haworth as his replacement in the summer, and she admitted: “We’ve done well, you can do your due diligence but never quite know what you’re going to get.

“We did well with Simon (Garner), and again with Simon (Haworth). It’s like developing players, we like to develop young managers.

“Not every manager will win a league title or a cup, but we like to give people a chance and see them progress.

“It can end in tears – if they do well, you’re crying because someone comes in for them, and if they don’t, you’re both crying!

“I think people will be looking at Simon – it would be no surprise if he’s been approached.

“But I’d be surprised if he went yet. You can see the intention is to push again next season. I’m sure he wants to progress, and we’d wish him well as and when. But he’s built a team that is playing for each other and pulls together and still has a shout at making the play-offs.”