All change at Padiham
Mon 8th May 2017 | Padiham | By Rob Moss
The 2016-17 season has seen a wholesale 'Changing of the Guard' at Padiham FC, with a brand new executive committee taking over the reins at the club during the season run-in.
Incoming chairman Shaun Astin replaced long-time servant of the club Frank Heys who decided to take a back seat after helping shepherd the club from its roots in the lower leagues to the 'dizzying heights' of the Hallmark Security League.
Frank said, "I originally got involved with Padiham because I wanted to see a decent local side in the town which catered for local lads who wanted to play football. We definitely achieved that aim, which I was really pleased about, though I feel the step up in professionalism that's required to take the club further isn't really my thing, and I've decided to just go back to watching the match as a spectator.
"I've had a great time at the club, doing everything from divotting the pitch and selling pies through to chairing the committee, and I'm extremely proud of everything we've achieved."
Padiham Secretary Alan Smith also stepped down from his post after being plagued by health problems following last year's stroke which put an end to his 27-year tenure at the club.
Chairman Shaun Astin said of Alan: "He's an extremely knowledgeable and experienced man whose loss to the club has been really felt. Anyone involved with Padiham FC or the town knows Alan as 'Mr Padiham', and his achievements in putting the club on the map and particularly in developing the ground are monumental. Thankfully Alan is going to continue in an advisory capacity, though he felt that the pressure of being secretary was too great."
Padiham FC are now looking for an experienced secretary to join the club ahead of the 2017-18 season. Anyone who is interested in applying for the position should contact Shaun Astin on 07904 439235 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaun is pictured below with Frank.