Following the conclusion of the clubs’ AGM for the 2021/22 season, it’s time to announce some more official changes for the season ahead.

Stepping down from his role as Chairman is Richie Barrett who has served the club officially since 2016. When Birtley Town merged with Birtley St. Josephs, where Richie was also Chairman, he continued in that role as the club tried to stave off relegation. A season of regrouping and working on off the field issues, the club bounced back into the Northern League at the second attempt.

Replacing Richie as Chairman is last seasons manager, Paul Beat who had to step down from the managerial role due to his increased work commitments. Mr Beat is Birtley through and through and his new appointment is seen by many as a natural progression.

Also stepping down is Secretary Colin Beat who officially leaves his position due to ill health. Colin, like Richie, moved across to Birtley Town as part of the merger with Birtley St. Josephs and took over the reins as Secretary from the start of the 2017/18 season.

Colin will be replaced as Secretary by Anthony Petit and has been mentoring him over the last year or so, so that he can get to grips with the demands of the role.

Treasurer Bob Hunter is the final person to step down from the committee. Bob has been an integral part in the running of our football club. Starting in the early 2000’s as a First Aider to then managers David ‘Smiggs’ Smith and Paul Foster, Bob left the position when the club were promoted from the Wearside League in 2007 due to his work commitments at the time and what would be increased travelling time. Following his retirement, Bob rejoined the club in 2012 taking up the position as Physio. He then took over the role of Treasurer from the 2016/17 season.

Bob will be replaced as Treasurer by Lee Cuthbertson, a former player with both Birtley St. Josephs and Birtley Town. He is also a current player/manager of our Men’s Sunday team.

It’s very important to point out that all three members that are stepping down are staying involved with the club in one way or another, whether in a new role, as a mentor or as a much valued volunteer.

Here’s to the future of Birtley Town Football Club.