Frickley’s new men looking for community support

Frickley Athletic.
Frickley Athletic.

New board member Ryan McKnight is looking to foster good relations with the local community after bringing his North of England Football Academy on board with Frickley Athletic.

The Rotherham-based academy is providing investment and assistance for the Evo-Stik League club and are hoping to help lift the Blues back up following relegation into the First Division in the season just finished.

As part of the deal struck with Frickley, McKnight and new manager Spencer Fearn, who were previously together at Stockport County, have become board members and they believe that with community backing there is scope for a turn round in fortunes.

McKnight, who is the chief executive of the North of England Football Academy, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with the excellent volunteers and directors at Frickley to help improve the clubs fortunes.

“The funds we are investing will see stability for the club in the short-term.

“However, to turn that into a long term success we will need the support of the local community, local businesses and of course supporters, old and new.

“We invite anyone wanting to help to get in touch by e-mailing ryan@nefa.co.uk.”

Frickley have invited all supporters and the wider community to a fans’ forum at the Westfield Lane ground next Wednesday (May 24).

The bar will be open from 6.30pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome.

Present will be members from the existing board along with new manager Spencer Fearn and new director Ryan McKnight. The aim is for fans to meet the new men and get some important updates on on-going projects and challenges at the football club.

The club is still looking for a new chairman with Gareth Dando bowing out after the last game of the 2016-17 season.

At the recent supporters club meeting Gareth was asked about his replacement and said he was confident that a suitable person would be found in time for the new season.

He added that he was not “cutting and running” after the relegation as his decision had been made last year and he had informed the board that he was leaving as far back as November, 2016.

He kept his decision quiet so as not to destabilise the club and he wanted to make sure that it did not affect sponsorship or potential sponsorship.