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PJYL Committee

Secretary:  Jenny Bentham
Became involved in grassroots football as a Parent/spectator of her son who played for Newcastle Town and soon became the Youth Section Treasurer. This summer Jenny stood for election to the PJYL Committee when she was overwhelmingly voted in as the League’s Secretary. In accepting her new role of league secretary it is Jenny’s stated intent to support committee members to continue to progress Saturday football for the areas youngsters.

Fixtures: Keith Finnemore
Involved with local football at Bradwell FC, Keith has become a key part of the PJYL Committee over the last few seasons ensuring all fixtures are scheduled and all the various tournaments the league run go ahead, ensuring as much football as possible for our members.

Referee Secretary:  Chris Jackson
Began his refereeing career over 20 years ago and is much respected by all in grassroots football. During his time as a referee Chris has officiated in all of our local leagues including the Staffs County Senior League and also in a number of high profile cup finals; Northern Cup Final 2014, Staffs FA Presidents Cup Final 2012. Another committee member dedicated to local grassroots football Chris has recently joined a number of league committees in various capacities most notably the Staffs County Senior League and the Northern Premier Academy League.

Referee Secretary:  Robert Pritchard
Bob began playing for New Finney Gardens in the Potteries and District League in 1980. Following his playing career Bob, like many parents, became involved in Youth football where he managed his own team, before becoming treasurer and secretary . For whatever reason, the sound of the referee’s whistle appealed to Bob, so much so that he took his referees course a decision that was to see him officiate in all of our local leagues. Such is Bob’s dedication to refereeing and its development that he also began to mentor several younger referees, the future. Bob is qualified to referee the game in various formats and is currently a Level 5 FA Referee.

Treasurer:  Andy Dale
Became involved in grassroots football 1999 when he volunteered to become manager and coach of Milton Warriors, his sons team. The team played in several leagues before finally joining the PJYL. Andy became a referee in 2008 and is now a class 5 senior County referee, officiating in the Staffs County Senior League on Saturdays and the PJYL.  

Given his passion for grassroots football Andy felt he had more to offer so in 2002 he joined the committee of the Milton Youth League leaving with his team to join the PJYL and our committee in 2007 where he has been ever since.

League Ambassador & Discipline Officer:  Derek Herrell
Became secretary of the Potteries Junior Youth League in the 2013/2014 season having fulfilled a similar role with Madeley White Star FC. Derek ensures that the league is sanctioned by the FA each season, updates league rules and distributes them to clubs. During his time as secretary Derek has supported team managers during the leagues transition to the FA Whole Game System and its integration with Full Time, no easy task. Although Derek has stepped down as secretary he has agreed to stay on in an advisory role for the forthcoming season and as Discipline Officer. 

Welfare Officer & League Ambassador:  Wendy Hancock
Wendy first became involved in junior football with husband Steve running their team in the PJYL. Like Steve, Wendy answered the call for volunteers to join the league’s committee and shortly after was elected as Chair. Wendy has been a committee member for 20 years and in her role as Chair has represented the league at the County FA where she has been a member of a number of committees promoting youth football.

Registrations:  Steve Hancock
Originally Steve managed his own team in the PJYL but answered the call for volunteers to join the leagues committee where he has remained for 20 years such is his dedication to junior football. When not managing his own team or taking care of league business Steve has supported schools football too being involved with the county team. 

Chair: Gavin Appleby
A local man committed to grassroots football and the community. Gavin began. his football journey almost 20 years ago as a coach with Newcastle Town FC where he has since risen through the ranks firstly becoming Academy Managerand finally becoming a Director of the club. Gavin is a UEFA ‘B’ License. football coach and is a school governor of the United Endeavour Trust, he became Chair of the PJYL in 2020.

General Committee Member: James Askey
A semi professional football player, who was a scholar at Macclesfield Town FC at 18. James runs local sports company Ministry 4 Sport along with fellow committee members Nathan Sutton and Sam Bradbury.

General Committee Member: Sam Bradbury
A semi professional football player who runs local sports company Minsitry 4 Sport along side fellow committee members Nathan Sutton and James Askey.

General Committee Member: Nathan Sutton
A former football player with Port Vale FC and Newcastle Town FC, Nathan is a Director of local sports company Ministry 4 Sport.