My name is Mark and I am Crewe Town FC Head of Football Development. I have a 4 year old Son called Cameron and currently work at GIST. I have supported Crewe Alex for as long as I can remember and have followed them through the good times and also bad times, as true supporters do. I follow them all over the country. My Brother Andrew and myself started Crewe Allstars in January 2017 as we wanted to try and get more kids into football and give them the happy experience football has provided for us as individuals and as a family with our father too. (Our Dad helps out with the Goalkeepers at training). We took the decision this year to join up with Crewe Town FC as it gives us the chance and scope to improve as a Club and and both Mark Owen and Mark Vodrey share the same vision as me in moving forward. One of my passions is Futsal which is an area I will be pushing hard for this year for the Club. In a short period of time I have felt very welcome within the Club as it certainly has that family freindly feeling and i know the future certainly looks bright for all.
Hi, my name is Mike Maskery and I am 37 years old. My current job is working for the Royal Mail as a Postman. I got married to Jade in 2017 and we have a son. I also have 2 stepsons from a previous relationship. In the past I have played for Crewe Alex U15’s which was a great expereince and one I will remember as it taught me a lot about team sportmanship and been able to express myself on a football pitch. I am looking forward to the forthcoming season with the Under 7’s Ninjas and been able to pass on my experience in football to the next generation of footballers. my teaching experience also comes from teaching Martial Arts where I progressed as a Teacher. Crewe Town FC has been very helpful in allowing me the opportunity and chance to build my side and to test them against others and i am looking forward to this challenge. The Yellow Army is the place I want to be.
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My name is Anne Marie Vodrey and I am the Joint Manager of our new U8’s “The Panda’s” with Nathan Hughes.
I am married to Mark Vodrey (Vice Chairman, Committee Member and U10’s Manager) and have two children Jake and Ellie-mae. I am also a Committee Member and the Clubs Treasurer. Having watched my son this year playing made me realise I wanted to do more within the Club. When both my husband and Chairman Mark Owen mentioned they were setting up a new U7’s team and would I want to manage it, I did at first have slight reservations, but then that was quickly put to one side after spending time coaching the Crewe Town FC Tots. I excitedly accepted as long as I could do it alongside our Head Coach Nathan Hughes.
I have been with this Club from virtually day one and I have watched it grow massively in 14 months, the vision of this Club makes it feel like we are doing something rewarding and worthwhile for every player that joins this great Club. I am looking forward to building a team that will not only enjoy playing football with smiles every week but will also feel part of a team. I am looking forward to my new chapter in my life as Manager and Mentor to young players. #ctfc#theyellowarmy. I recently gained my FA L1 in Coaching which will only help the kids I coach and I am looking forward to gaining my L2 shortly.
My name is Nathan Hughes and I am the Joint Manager of the U8’s otherwise known as “The Pandas”. My love of football started at an early age. Whilst at College I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life until I enrolled on a FA Level 1 Coaching course, and after studying Football Coaching/Management at Bucks New University and Sports Performance at Reaseheath College I was able to become a Sports coach at Sportscape. I am now Lead Coach at We Make Footballers. I enjoy seeing the improvement in young footballers through my coaching, 6 years since I started my education in Football and I am still enjoying every minute of it! I became involved with Crewe Town FC because I knew Mark Owen through a family member, and heard he was setting up a local club in the area. I had never coached a team myself in my own right and it was an opportunity I felt I couldn’t turn down. Coaching for Crewe Town FC is special because it feels like one big happy family, if someone needs advice or a helping hand we are there for each other, that is what makes this Football Club so special The Yellow Army!
My name is Kirstin Hart and I am part of the Panda’s Coaching Team. I am a Travel Agent in Knutsford. I have a partner Paul and I am a Mum to Joshua and Mathew who both play for Crewe Town FC u11’s Dragons and U9’s Leopards respectively. I have watched the Club grow from the first session at The Georges to where it is now, and wanting to play more of a partin the growing of the Club agreed to join Annie and Nathan in coaching our next young generation of footballing stars “The Panda’s”. I have always loved watching football and am a loyal life long fan of Crewe Alexandra. When I was younger I played for Newcastle Town Ladies. At that time there was little opportunity for girls to play so it s really refreshing to see that Crewe Town FC accept all abilities and gender. I was never allowed to play in boys teams!! Thats why it’s nice to see Crewe Town FC promote that all children be given the chance to enjoy playing the game of football. I am really enjoying coaching and watching the kids learn, progress and have fun every week. The Yellow Army is a fantastic environment to coach and learn.
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My name is Steve McGowan and I am married to Vicki and have two children. My Career with Crewe Town FC started with the U9’s helping Paulo Pinto and when the opportunity arose for me to Manage my own Team, it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. My desire has always been to see kids having fun and by playing football that desire can be fulfilled. I decided to pursue my Coaching career because I wanted to help make a change to a child’s world and to improve a community by bringing it together through sport and hopefully to give people involved something good to talk about. I wanted to apply my knowledge of football and coaching whilst been a good role model for them and future coaches. To help myself also in terms of self confidence whilst giving something back to a sport that I love. It’s vital that kids and adults find enjoyment in football, and I wanted to be the coach that built a child’s character within the game and to give parents the opportunity to see their child integrate themselves into a team and become a team player, but also in this crazy busy life, carve out something cool. When its raining, cold or windy, I want that child to really try their best and for me to say well done nice try and see their face when they are praised. It’s a great feeling seeing a child reach a potential they never thought they would reach, to pick them up when they feel knocked down and to show them something they never thought they could do. Been a Coach has allowed me to face my fears such as public speaking and been part of Crewe Town FC has really helped me because the Club has a real family feel to it. Also been part of a profession that as been around a long time and to see that profession enter a new era with new talent is a great feeling. To teach the kids to lose with grace, to win with humility, but to compete with honour and to value, cherish and respect wins and to be called Coach.
Hi, my name is Lee Morrey and currently I coach the U9’s Tigers and Leopards. I own my Business as a Painter and Decorator. I live with my partner Torie and Son Alfie. Myself and my Son enjoy playing football and any chance we get we are out with a ball playing. I have played football since I was kid and still play 3 times a week. I was delighted to be given the chance to work alongside side Steve McGowan, the Manager of the U9’s as it was a great opportunity to pass on my football knowledge and experience to these young footballing stars of the future. It is a great feeling been part of one happy family “The Yellow Army” and I look forward to many more years of happiness and success with them.
My name is Mark Vodrey, I am married to Anne-Marie (Our Club Treasurer) with two children Jake and Ellie-mae and I manage the U10’s otherwise known as “The Lions”, I am also the Vice Chairman. I work for Crewe B&Q as an Expert Plumber. I started my Coaching career with Crewe Town FC in June 2018, my wife is a Committee member/Treasurer and the U8’s Manager. I offered to help out with the Mini Kickers, I coached them for a few weeks then an opportunity arose where a vacancy came up to manage the U8s, it was an opportunity I grabbed with both hands, I’ve always enjoyed football and I am a die hard Man Utd fan so to be able to coach a side that has so much potential was too good to turn down. Been a Manager is the most satisfying job I can honestly say I have had, win draw or lose, the smiles you get when the players come off the pitch after a match is the best tonic in life! I never thought that 24 months ago I would be devoting all my spare time with a football Club, I know I’ll be doing the same for the next 12 months and more. Jake my Son is also in my team which makes it extra special seeing him progress week in week out, I have three fantastic Coaches in Chris (my brother in law), Gary and Dave. Its great that we all share the same philosophy. I recently earned the FA L1 in Coaching which will only enhance the training and coaching I do for the U10’s and I am looking forward to gaining my L2 shortly. Crewe Town FC is family friendly, fantastic environment to work within, and other than my personal family, I have also a great Football Family, Onwards and Upwards “The Yellow Army!” You can read my Personal Coaching Philosophy here.
My name is Christopher Lloyd. I am in full time employment as a Wireman. I am engaged to Jess and soon to be married. I started my hobby playing football when I was about 8 years old after I attended a weekend open day at Crewe and Nantwich Football Club, where at the end of it I received a trophy for been the best defender, I was hooked. I soon joined Rail Crewe Tigers as a Centre Back. I jointly Manage the Men’s Team The Jaguars. I joined Crewe Town FC initially because my nephew Jake plays for the U10’s and I wanted to share my experience to help him progress with his football. Mark (my brother in law) then joined as Manager to make it a family orientated side. Since been at this Club I’ve enjoyed helping the kids and to see their smiles when they progress with their football is great. I enjoy coaching them and seeing them take that into matches is fantastic to watch. Once you have joined “The Yellow Army” you won’t want to leave!
My name is Gary Hancock and I coach the U10’s. I am married with 2 children, Aiden my Son plays for the U10s. My Wife Theresa is a Committee Member and front of house Admin. One of the main reasons I became a coach was for my son Aiden as I wanted to help him become a better football player, and as time has gone on, helping others reach their potential has been really inspiring. Helping the team progress week in, week out has been very rewarding and seeing the smiles on their faces after training and matches makes all the hard work worthwhile. Why did I choose Crewe Town FC, simple really, everyone at the Club is friendly, they have helped me settle in as a Coach and offered advice when needed. I will be shortly attending an FA Accredited Goalkeeping Course so I can be the Clubs Goalkeeper Coach. It feels like one big happy family and I know in the future there is bigger and better things to come from Crewe town FC, The Yellow Army!
Hi, my name is Dave Williams and I am married to Carol and we have two fantastic boys Benjamin 8 yrs old and Joshua 6 years old who both play for Crewe Town FC for the Lions and Pandas respectively. I work for British Gas as an Engineer. I joined Crewe Town FC Coaching staff with a view to help young people gain additional life skills through football and exercise. I have previously managed sides in the South Cheshire Youth League. My passion for football has always been youth sides and that has been for over two decades! I have been lucky enough to see young players grow into accomplished adults, developing respect for others and determination through their development in football. I want to continue to use the skills I have learnt over the years to give young people the opportunity to continue to enjoy learning through football. I believe every child should be given the chance and with the right environment that can happen. I am dedicating my time to help Crewe Town FC, the amazing Yellow Army Family to keep moving in the right direction…I am a qualified FA L1 Coach and currently am striving towards gaining my L2.
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My name is Paulo Pinto an I am the U11’s Manager otherwise known as “The Dragons”. I am engaged to Sandra with two children one of whom plays for Crewe Town FC. I volunteered to become a Football Manager because of my passion to Football, Since an early age I was interested in Football but unfortunately my playing career never really took off. To me this sport is the best ever invented because it brings so many people of all ages, ability and walks of life together. To be managing my own Football side is the best thing to happen to me, I currently work full time for Bargain Booze but given the opportunity I would Coach full time such is my passion. I was very happy to be chosen to be a part of this great Football Club where all children get the chance to enjoy football, learn new skills, gain confidence within a team environment, build their strength and improve their performance. I am very proud to be a Manager at Crewe Town FC, a club with family at its heart, allowing children the opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming a footballer. I recently became a L1 FA Accredited Coach. Thankyou for giving me the opportunity to be a part of that.
My name is Jeff Power and I am the Asst Manager of the U11’s team working with Paulo Pinto. I also gladly accepted the offer to join the Committee of the Club and I am the Team Liason that gives a voice from the parents to the Committee. I am married to Marina and we have two children Alfie and Archie who both play for the Club. I work for a firm who provide billing software to the telecoms industry, as Head of Service Delivery. This means I am responsible for the levels of customer service or corporate clients receive. Football has always played a big part in my life/family and I played as soon as I could walk. It didn’t matter that I was not good enough to play professionally because I played for enjoyment, along with a desire to improve myself and still do. Through this passion I have made life long friends, over come confidence issues when I was younger, kept fit, bonded with my father, understood team work, the at of compromise, when to push hard and seen rewards pay off. I hope that my children and others at this club get as much out of the game as I did. I joined Pintos team because I wanted to help kids build their confidence, encourage them to take chances and not worry about making mistakes. I want them to see football as a sport where you win and lose together and its not all about the individual. Everyone plays their part, has different responsibilities and enjoys it. I am very proud to be a part of this club and appreciate the responsibility that comes with it, I hope in a small way I can help.
My name is Rich Douglas and I am the U11’s Manager, otherwise kn own as “The Terriers”. I am married to Jenny and we have two children William and Penny who are both football mad! I have been helping run the Terriers for the last two seasons under Primary Stars and really enjoyed it. Due to us wanting to grow as a team and further my coaching abilities, I approached Crewe Town FC and asked if we could join them, both Mark Owen and Mark Vodrey readily agreed! This is a wonderful club and already we feel part of the family that is Crewe Town FC. there is a great team spirit within the club and I am looking forward to been a part of it and watching it expand and grow even more. I myself have played football all my life and will encourage others to do so…it’s not about what level you play at, it’s about playing with a smile on your face. My Son William, nephew Nicky and all the other lads in The Terriers are really close friends and so have a fantastic bond and the whole team is enjoying the values of team work, loyalty and respect. The future is The Yellow Army!! I gained my FA L1 Coaching Award this year and am looking forward to taking that experience further when coaching the Terriers.
I am Dean Hughes, I am married to Sarah and we have three amazing boys who are all football mad like their Dad! My middle boy James plays for The Terriers in goal. My youngest boy now plays for the Ninjas and enjoys been part of the Crewe Town FC family. I am the Assistant Manager of the Terriers and I feel very priveleged to coach this amazing team of young talented hard working players who are always eager to learn every week. I was asked by Mark Owen to also take up the Goalkeeping Coaching position which I gladly accepted and have been doing so for the last 6 months. I have always been involved in football from playing and now coaching and its a passion that won’t go away. Joining Crewe Town FC last year was the best move we made as a team because we have been made to feel very welcome and the feeling around the Club is always positive and that’s down to the hard working Committee.
Hi, my name is Gary Louth and I am the Manager of Crewe Town FC U11’s Allstars. I have been marroed for 10 years but been with my partner for 23 years. I went to Beechwood Primary School in Crewe as a lad. I have a large family of six children…every one of them have different personalities and I love been a Dad to them all. I started coaching in 2019 but have been with Crewe Allstars since 2018. I have always been a football fan and have supported Liverpool since as long as I can remember. My other hobbies as well as football include fishing which I find really calming and allows me to think and relax and spending quality time with my family. It has been a great journey with Crewe Allstars and I am sure the move to Crewe Town FC will bring greater stability and structure and much needed help and I am sure we will grow within the grassroots football structure and I am looking forward to been a part of that journey.
Hi, my name is Andrew Siddall and I work at Bentley Motors in Crewe. I have three children and I am engaged to Kelly Dixon. I am the current Crewe Town FC Allstars Assistant Manager. I started coaching with Crewe Allstars in 2017 as my Son Logan plays for them. In the season 2018/19 I also started coaching at Crewe Alex FC which I absolutely love. I am now joining the The Yellow Army, Crewe Town FC but due to current restrictions in the country I have yet to get my Coaching gloves on but once it does I can’t wait. My hobbies are obviously football and my favourite team is Manchester United, but been a Crewe lad I do have a soft spot for Crewe Alex. I like to get down the Gym as much as possible and teaching young athletic kids….you have to be in good shape!
I love motorsport in particular Bangor Car Racing, and have done since I was a little kid, I loved watching them at Crewe Raceway in the years before the Retail Park. I am an avid F1 fan too and watch that as much as I can. I have hada great journey with Crewe Allstars and I am looking forward to the next part of my journey with Crewe Town FC a Club with a great family traditions and feelings.
Hi, my name is Jamie Blacklock and I work at Jewsons as Branch Manager in Crewe. I have been with my partner for 18 years and we have 3 children. I am the current Coach of Crewe Town FC Allstars alongside Andy, Gary and Andy. I started Coaching football in 2016 and soon gained FA L1 Coaching in Football, I coached for two years with Crewe FC gaining experience and two years with Ruskin Park too. I joined up with Crewe Allstars last year as my Son plays for them and it was a great opportunity to spend quality time seeing my Son develelop as a footballer. My hobbies include football and to be honest anything else sport related. I support the red side of Manchester and have done since I was a child and living in Crewe I have a soft spot for Crewe Alex with them been my home team. I like to partake in golf and snooker when I get the chance and love spending time with my family. I am looking forward to the next venture of my Coaching career with Crewe Town FC and believe the structure they have in place will help all our teams achieve success for many years to come.
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Hi, my name is Dave Astbury and I am the Manager of the U13’s Warriors. I took on the role of Manager in January after Nathan Hughes left the role. I was previously the Asst Manager. I am a Business Development Manager for the BMW Group. I am married to Karen who also takes a leading role with the Warriors doing the admin for the team. I have seven children of which two play Sunday League football. Max is our current goalkeeper and I have coached Max for the last four years and he has continued to improve throughout. I myself have been involved in football for over 40+ years playing, coaching and managing. I was lucky enough to set up my own mens team of which I was the goalkeeper (probably where Max gets it from). I am looking forward to many more years coaching and managing the Warriors and seeing them developing not only as individuals but also as a team. I always remind the lads, win, lose or draw we area team and that will continue to be our motto!
Hi, my name is Andrew Johnson and I am currently the U13’S Warriors Asst Manager. I am 41 and am married to Liz, we have three children, two boys and a girl. My youngest Luka was offered the chance to play for the Warriors and at first I just went along to watch him etc…..but football is a passion of mine and it wasn’t long before I started to help Nathan with the coaching. I then took on the role of Asst Manager of the Warriors and its a role I enjoy. I love the fact that at Crewe Town FC everyone is treated as equal and all the kids get fair amounts of playing time. I support Everton FC and have done since I was a child but I also have like many others within the Club a soft spot for Crewe Alex our home team, but unfortunately it is very rare I get to see them play as I own my own business Grease Monkeys Mechanics. I have seen this Club grow every year and I am looking forward to many happy years coaching.
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Hi, my name is Adam Grant, I am 25 and I am the Asst Manager of Crewe Town FC First Team “The Jaguars”. I live with my long term partner Kat and we have two lovely children. I work as a Wireman alongside Christopher Lloyd (U10’s Asst Manager). I have been a massive football fan all my life, it is a passion of mine and to able to play and coach at such a fantastic Club such as Crewe Town FC is a pleasure. The Jaguars is a new adventure and we are only a short journey into a pathway of success hopefully. The support I have received has been immense and I can’t thank both the Chairman and Vice Chairman enough. It is great been on that pitch with my team mates and watching the Team develop every week, football gives you an outlet to forget any worries sometimes, getting on the pitch and playing the game we all love. I support Arsenal and have done since I was young boy and if The Jaguars can be as successful as Arsenal have been over the years then we will have achieved something really special.