Alnwick Town Association Football Club would not be here today if it wasn't for the volunteers who work hundreds of hours a year for the love of the club.
His Grace, The Duke of Northumberland, is Club President, and helped to secure the future of both senior and junior football at the club. His Grace was in attendance to see our newly improved floodlights be switched on in the 2016/17 season, where training took place with the senior side and juniors boys and girls.
Norman Laidler has been involved with local non-league football for decades, and has been a key figure within the Northumberland F.A.
Our chairman Tom McKie and secretary Cyril Cox stepped in, along with a new committee in 2008 to save the club from extinction. Their hours and hours of unpaid work off the pitch behind the scenes has had a massive impact on the club returning to the Northern League. Cyril has also been instrumental in working towards the juniors (and possibly seniors) moving in the future to a new sporting club in the future. The new high school development on the edge of the town will hopefully pave the way for this development to occur sooner rather than later as the juniors of the club deserve better facilities.
Richie Mitchell has taken over from Steve Mullen during the 2016/2017 season, with Steve stepping down for personal reasons. Richie joins having previously been assistant manager at West Allotment Celtic. His aim is to get the club back into the F.A Cup, a long term ambition of the Chairman.
Joanne Chisholm is now the club's physio, taking over the reigns from David Ross who joined Alnwick Rugby Football Club for the 2017/18 season. Joanne joined the club from Ashington Colliers and is a key member of the matchday squad.
John English now looks after the hallowed St James' Park turf, aided by a couple of willing volunteers in Joe Pickard and Kai Sumner. John took over from Ian Hogg during the 2016/17 season as Ian became the Alnwick Castle Golf club captain. John has been doing a fantastic job, and considering the club now has Reserve and Ladies sides also playing at St James' Park, the efforts of the groundstaff do not go unnoticed.
Alan Lingwood has stepped in to cover the role of Treasurer (as well as Commercial Manager) following the resignation of Stuart Cairns at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Finally there is the Social Media man, who sits behind the scenes trying to keep everything up to date. Also organises the Letter Draw, and Programme Editor.
This is just a selection of volunteers that help make Alnwick Town what it is today. Without them, and also those that haven't yet been mentioned, the club would simply cease to exist.
Alnwick Town are always on the lookout for more people to join behind the scenes. Whether it be for a couple of hours during the week helping with the maintenance at the ground, or providing help on a match day, volunteers are always appreciated. If you are interested in getting involved in one way or another with the club, please come along on a matchday to have a chat, or send us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
"Volunteers are not paid. Not because they are worthless, but because they are Priceless"