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David Haythornthwaite - Chairman

Club President David Haythornthwaite, good friend of Chairman Dai Davis, is a successful local businessman and Chairman of the Tangerine Group. His first involvement with the club came as Main Sponsor Vetplus in 2006 and his involvement grew into the development of a new era of AFC Fylde which kicked in after the club's greatest day as Kirkham and Wesham Football Club winning the FA Vase at Wembley. He brings ambition, drive and professionalism to the club in it's long term bid to be in the Football League by 2022. With David's investment and sponsorship the club have gone on from strength to strength and the club's development since his involvement has taken the club to the next level. In Feb 2010 he revealed the club's long term plan is to move the club to a new site as part of the Greenlands Sports Village development a Community Sports Complex. Roles were reversed with Dai Davis in the summer of 2011.
Dai Davis - President

Dai's association started with the club as a Player when the club began as Kirkham in the 60's. After his long association as a player and stints living abroad he returned to the club in 1993 when he became Chairman. Since that time Dai orcherstrated the rise of Kirkham and Wesham FC. Success soon followed and with his significant financial support combined with the appointment of Mick Fuller together they enjoyed year on year success winning West Lancashire League titles, League cups, LFA Cups and competitions through the 90's. Davis backed the move to Kellamergh Park in 2006 when he was joined by good friend and successful businessman David Haythornthwaite and together they kickstarted the club's transition to AFC Fylde and subsequent move up the non league football pyramid from Step 7 to Step 4 in 3 Seasons. The pinnacle of his reign as Chairman has to be Kirkham and Wesham's finest hour in May 2008 winning the FA Vase a proud moment for long standing Chairman. Roles were reversed with David Haythornthwaite in summer of 2011.
Stuart King - Finance Director

Stuart King manages the financial aspects of AFC Fylde. A qualified Accountant Stuart provides the Directors with all financial details of the day to day running of the football club. Stuart is the Financial Director for Tangerine Group of Companies owned by the Chairman.
Simon Hazelwood - Commercial Development Manager
Mobile: 07525 323775 Email: simon@afcfylde.co.uk
Eric Picton - Exec Board Member

Eric Picton is a long standing Club official who has served as committee and executive committee member and dealt with the club's football administration with the Unibond League, Galaxy Lancashire League and Lancashire Floodlit League last season before retiring. Eric is another of a committed group of volunteers that give their heart and soul for the good of the football club.
Martin Benson - Club Secretary

Martin Benson joined the Club in the Summer of 2010 to replace the departing Eric Picton. Martin is a Project Manager at Hewlett & Packard and has previous admin experience for Fylde Falcons and in the Sunday Alliance. He is a newly found Fylde fan in recent years with a passion for the game and has fulfilled an ambition to be involved in a senior role at a sporting club on the Fylde Coast and hopes to enjoy the ride through the non league football pyramid. Mobile: 07545 735154
Bob Davey - Match Day Secretary

Bob Davey has had a long association with the Club and was rewarded with a long service award in July 2009 from the Lancashire Football Association recognising his services to football. Bob has also performed various roles at the club including Catering, Ground Improvements and Club Secretary culminating in a busy season in the FA Vase in 2008 before taking the Matchday Secretary role this season. He is also the Development Officer for the West Lancashire Football League. Bob still spends much of his spare time down at Kellamergh Park providing assistance with our ongoing ground developments.Mobile: 07784 319583
Chris Park - Media Officer/Match Reporter-

Chris joined the club in a new role as Media Officer in March 2011. He is responsible for editing the match programme, conducting match reports at home and away games and providing editorial for the Official website. This season will be looking to make the role his own bringing some new ideas on the media front including looking after the social media platforms and supports Simon Hazelwood in all media related activities.

Chris is a Qualified Journalist who has previous experience with Barrow Raiders Rugby League Club and Barrow FC.

Keith Wilding - Stadium Manager

Mick Fuller - Head of Football Development

Mick Fuller is a former player manager of Tornado FC in the Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance Premier League. Previously player manager with Kirkham & Wesham FC , he has led the side to all its major honours in recent seasons, including seven West Lancs League Premier Division titles, three consecutive Northern Inter-Counties Cup wins, five Richardson Cup triumphs, and four Lancs Amateur Shield wins. The pinnacle of his managerial reign came at Wembley this May 2008 taking us to the FA Vase Final and winning at Wembley. Won Manager of the Year for the Vodkat League Division 2 for 2007-2008 Season and also picked up an award from the Football Writers Association in 2008 in recognition for this achievement in 2008. Last season Fuller led his team to the Vodkat Premier Division title  - the highest the club has been in the football pyramid in its history.  Fuller stepped down  as 1st Team Manager on 29th December 2009 but remained at the club in a new role supporting new Manager Kelham O'Hanlon. He continued to assist Kelham with 1st team matters until O'Hanlon's departure in October 2011 before managing as caretaker before Dave Challinor's appointment. Now Head of Football Development overseeing the Reserves, Youth and Community Development aspects of the club in a challenging role.
Dave Challinor - 1st Team Manager

Became the new manager of AFC Fylde in November 2011. Challinor joined the club from Blue Square North side Colwyn Bay who he had won consecutive promotions with as a Captain then Manager. The former Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Bury central defender made over 400 appearances as a professional before a spell in non league as a player with Colwyn Bay before being given the Managerial vacancy replacing Neil Young after captaining his side to promotion from Evo Stik North to Evo Stik Premier in 2010. He then successfully guided Bay to promotion to Blue Square North in his first season and showed his managerial credentials in his first season beating FC United in the Play off Final in May 2011. An ambitious man the 36 year old saw the opportunity to repeat this success with an ambitious club as one he would relish and beat off a number of strong applicants to take the job and dropped down two divisions to take on the challenge. Won the Championship in his first season in charge clinching Evostik North title against Salford City - a fantastic achievement considering the team was 16 pts off the leaders when they joined the club in Nov 2011.
Colin Woodthorpe - Assistant Manager

Joined the club as Assistant  to Dave Challinor in November 2011. Woodthorpe is Challinor's right hand man and was his No 2 at Colwyn Bay where he supported Challinor all the way through their promotion success as his trusted assistant. Woodthorpe has a distinguished playing career with Chester, Norwich, Aberdeen, Stockport and Bury amassing over 800 appearances as a professional. The former full back will has passed on his vast experience to the squad and is a valued assistant by Challinor as they continue to enjoy success together as a management team securing another title in May 2012.
Andy Pilkington - Development Squad Manager
Andy joined the club in December 2011 following an 11 year association with Penwortham St Teresas FC. Whilst at the club, Pilkington worked at colts, juniors, youth and senior levels. In 2009 he was awarded with the South Ribble coach of the year award for his work at the club, which also included the role of chairman and club development officer. A UEFA B coach, Pilkington has worked at Preston North End Football in the community, Blackpool FC Centre of Excellence and the Lancashire FA whilst he is currently a Preston area scout for Liverpool FC academy. Andy works full time at Preston College as a Sports Development Officer and lecturer and co-manages the Preston College Academy side that has seen several AFC Fylde players pass through it over the past few years. Andy joins the club with the remit of facilitating the progression of 'the development squad' players in to the first team squad. Finished runners up in his first season in charge in Galaxy Lancashire League and looking to assist Dave Challinor with 1st team sessions too for the 12-13 Campaign as well as continueing the good work with the development squad players.
Tom Hutton - Director of Community Development

Tom joined the club in November 2012 as a the Club's first full time Community Officer. A recent graduate Tom has been working as a Sports Development Coach for YMCA since being a teenager and has a wealth of contacts and experience in delivering multisport sessions in schools all over the Fylde Borough. He is also a qualified referee. He will be looking to drive new after school clubs, soccer camps, sports clubs links all to grow the development of the community programme.
Ryan Adderley - Community Development Officer

Ryan previously coached for the YMCA and Lancashire cricket board. He first came on board in January as a community coach but things have changed since then. When he first started there was just Ryan and Tom and they had 5 sessions a week now they have over 90 sessions a week and continuing to grow. Ryan was made full time in June and is looking forward to being part of the fastest growing community foundation on the Fylde Coast.
Stuart Clitheroe- Under 18's Team Manager
Stuart was appointed as successor to Paul Martland in the U18's in May 2012 as the club looks to forge greater links with Preston College. 
Further details to follow ...
Simon Hurst - Fylde Youth Manager

Simon Hurst was appointed new Fylde Youth Manager in May 2012. Simon has been involved with the Youth Set up at AFC Fylde supporting the U18's for the last 2 seasons as a coach and most recently supporting the Reserves as Secretary last season where he has been recognised for his efforts off the field in a supporting role. He will be assisted by Paul Lambeth in this new squad which will play in the NWYA for the 12-13 Season.
Ken Beamish - Commercial Manager
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