New FC Halifax Town secretary Mike Sharman says the role is one he has coveted for a long time.
He was appointed as successor to Tony Allan, who has left the club to become general manager at Chester.
Mike has served in various roles with the Halifax Sunday League, as well as taking charge of games at amateur levels as a referee.
But he says the job at Halifax is a move he has wanted to make for a long time.
“I’m a referee of 21 years and I’ve been involved with the Halifax Sunday League in various roles on the committee.
“I’ve been league secretary for the last couple of years and within that role I’ve been involved with the district FA and I’ve been a county member of the West Riding County FA.
“I’m still helping out the league but that experience can be brought to Halifax.
“It’s a role I’ve always wanted. The great thing is that it’s my local club.”
Mike is originally from Wolverhampton but now lives near King Cross with his partner and two children.
“I’ve always wanted to work in football and a lot of the role is bits and bats of what I’ve done elsewhere.
“As a referee I’ve learnt to develop a thick skin, which may come in handy! You need to be a good communicator and to listen.
“I’m not coming into this as an experienced club secretary so it’s been great to spend a week or so with Tony.
“What I’ve noticed here is the warmth and support from the volunteers here and you can’t put a price on that.”
The 36-year-old says the role of secretary involves a wide range of off-the-field responsibilities.
“It can be anything and everything,” he added. I’ve started at the end of the transfer window so we’ve been dealing with players moving clubs.
“But it can include contracts, car park spaces, people buying tickets, enquiring about availability of items from the club shop or the complete unexpected.
“It’s everything that isn’t eleven v eleven on the pitch.
“All the bits you take for granted like notifying the referee what kit we’ll be wearing, making sure there’s a team coach - all the bits that build together for a successful club.”