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.
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 reason. Richie joins having previously been assistant manager at West Allotment Celtic.
The club's Sports Therapist, David Ross, has been joined in 2014 by Joanne Chisholm to provide the players with the 'magic sponge' on match days and training nights. Dave has been here since the Alliance days, and brings a wealth of knowledge for the medical side of the game.
Our groundsman (and vice chairman) Ian Hogg took over from the ever-present Clive Burn, who had been with the club as player, manager, coach and groundsman since the 1950's. Ian has been working tirelessly on the pitch, and the club now has one of the best surfaces in the Northern League.
The Money Man, Stuart Cairns, ensures that the club has the money in the bank to pay all the bills. Accountants don't come cheap, but Stuart volunteers his services to not only Alnwick Town Football Club, but also to many other local organisations free of charge.
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"