Following the conclusion of a fantastic season at Farsley Celtic, which ultimately ended in play-off disappointment on Tuesday Evening, we caught up with Club Chief Executive Josh Greaves who gave his view on 2017/18 and how the football club can be proud of their achievements, but at the same time look forward.
'It is that time of year again when I look back at the season and see just how much things have changed from this time a year ago and it is a season that we can look upon with great pride'
'Firstly, I would like to thanks the huge list of volunteers who spend hours of there own time and give so much to the football club. As a club we rely heavily on peoples good will and support to run the the operation on a day to day basis. Thank you to all of you who put up with me asking so much of you!'
'This season has seen a 30% increase on our home gates which has been fantastic and I feel that this is due to a number of factors. Being promoted into the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, seeing a number of old and new faces at the Nest this season and the brand of football and passion that we show on the pitch. Non-league Clubs like ourselves would not be able to survive if we didn’t have fans who support the lads week in and week out. It was great to see so many travel to Ashton United on Tuesday and thank you from me for your support this season. I hope to see you all back at pre-season ready to go again for the new league campaign'
'So to first team football, where do I start. We ended the season last year on so many mixed emotions, with gaining promotion and winning the County cup, but then the bombshell was dropped with both Neil (Parsley) and John (Deecey) leaving the club in such a short period of time. Myself and John (Palmer) found ourselves with a decision of appointing a new manager and felt that due to the time of the resignations and with pre-season not far over the horizon we felt we had to appoint a successor quickly. Within days we had an opportunity to appoint Adam (Lakeland) and what an appointment it has been'
What Adam and Mark (Bett) have brought to the club over the last 12 months is something that I have not seen at the club for a few years; Passion, pride and professionalism. These things have all come together for Adam and his team for a great season. It was great to see the club retain the West Riding County Cup at Fleet Lane and Adam to win his first silverware at the club. Hopefully there is a lot more to come'
'Working with Adam and his team over this season has been a pleasure. We had to make some decisions early on in Adams tenure at the club with regards to players. A few of our stalwarts left the club for various reason in pre-season but Adam has brought some quality players in to fill the gaps and it’s shown over the last 38 weeks what great signings they have been. We sold James Walshaw to Scarborough Athletic towards the back end of last year. It was a Tough decision to be made by John, Adam and myself, but we felt that in the best interests of the club it had to be done. It also allowed us to bring Nathan Cartman into the team from Darlington FC, which I am sure you will agree has been a good signing. There has been a few comings and goings throughout the season and it’s been challenging at times but I feel Adam has done a unbelievable job in managing this'
'At the end of last season we made the decision to re structure our Academy set up and bring it more in house. It has been a slow start but the Academy is now going well, and we have a good number of students joining us for next season. Our Partnership with Allerton Grange High School continues to grow stronger as time goes on and I am looking forward to building on our relationship over the coming years'
'Our ladies teams are all having a great season too and they are still playing league fixtures. The First team reached the County Cup semi-final before bowing out to Bradford City Ladies which was a great achievement for the club and they sit comfortably in mid table having been promoted last season. Both the Reserves and Development sides are also having a great season with the reserves having a great league cup run and also seeing them crowned champions of West Riding County Women’s league Division One. Well do to all involved with the ladies teams'
'The start of this season also saw Leeds Deaf FC become Farsley Celtic Deaf. This was something that had been working on for a while and it’s been great to open our doors to them. They have quickly embedded themselves into the Celtic Family and had a great league campaign and tremendous cup run. We are looking forward to moving and supporting them forward over the coming years'
'This season was our second season after the restructuring of our boys and girls Development teams. Gary Middleton (Head of Development) and Caroline Harriman (Development Secretary) has both worked tirelessly to grow and develop all teams involved. We are now seeing an increase in participation and number of teams at the club. They have been working hard with our coaches to support them on their personal development, seeing a number of newly qualified coaches and a number of coaches working towards there UEFA B licence'
'There has been a few back room changes thought the season, seeing Rob Yardley (Bar Manager) leave the club for pastures new. Rob was a huge part of my team and has big shoes to fill, which I have no doubt that Ryan Cliffe who has been appointed as Robs successor will do. Ryan is no stranger to the club he has been a familiar face around the Nest for quite a few years and I am looking forward to working with him going forward'
'We have also strengthened our back room team seeing an appointment of a Newly created role of Marketing and Media Manger, with Thomas Haigh filling that position. Thomas has a wealth of experience in marketing and I am looking forward to working with him on a number of ideas that he has. Welcome on board Thomas'
'I have a huge list of people that I would like to personally thank, but I won’t on here. They all know who they are and I will say my bit to them individually. But I want to say an over all thank you to all. I could not run this amazing club with out you'
'Enjoy the summer and see you next season. #OneClub'