New directors join Frickley board

Allan Howcroft.
Allan Howcroft.

Frickley Athletic are delighted to welcome two new additions to the board of directors at the club following the recent appointment of Allan Howcroft and Mark Ainge.

Both Allan and Mark are local people who have followed Frickley for a number of years so know what the club is about.

Born and raised in South Elmsall, Allan followed Sheffield Wednesday and Frickley as a child and went into engineering after leaving school. In 1999 he set up his own bearing and transmission company, Howcroft Industrial Supplies, which is based near Rotherham and has a multi-million pound turnover.

Howcroft Industrial Supplies also owns local printing and embroidery business JJ Leisure.

Allan said, “It’s a privilege and an honour to become a director at Frickley Athletic.

“I have known the chairman, Gareth Dando, since school and feel that with his leadership and the knowledge and passion of the other directors, coupled with the redevelopment, the club is on the up.”

“I was originally asked to set up a junior academy and am pleased that the club believed in my idea.

“An academy is the future of the club which will help raise the standard of junior football in the area and should produce local talent good enough to play at least semi-professional football.

“With having a major role to play in the Frickley academy I felt it was right to invest in the club as a whole to help see the club progress in the right way.”

Mark Ainge has also followed the club from a young age, starting in 1970. He had a spell away from the area due to work commitments, but still followed the Blues’ fortunes as much as possible.

On his return to the area he joined Frickley’s working committee in 2005 and more recently was one of the people heavily involved with reforming the Frickley Athletic Supporters Club.

Mark now works in Sheffield as the UK supply chain manager for a multi-billion pound US owned multinational company.

Mark commented, “Being a lifelong fan of the club I am looking to couple my passion for the club with the many years business management experience I have gained and to further develop relations with numerous commercial contacts that I have previously introduced to Frickley.”

Chairman Gareth Dando is pleased with the two new appointments.

He said: “I’m delighted that Allan and Mark have decided to come on board. Allan is exactly the sort of person the club needs, having a proven track record of success in business and local football and Mark brings his passion, ideas and business experience.

“I’m sure both will be excellent additions to the team.”

The Blues, meanwhile, are still waiting to hear from the FA which division of the Evo-Stik League they will be playing in next season.