On Sunday 19 May, AFC Fylde, formally known as Kirkham and Wesham FC, became the first club to win the FA Vase and FA Trophy. This success adds to the club reaching the Promotion Final for the Football League for the first time, eight days prior.
Since moving to Mill Farm in 2016, the club has made significant steps in developing the team, both on and off the field. Chairman David Haythornthwaite and CEO Jamie Roberts have worked to bring in a team behind the scenes to drive the vision of the club to reach the Football League by 2022; a number the club display on the sleeve of their playing shirts.
The additions of Luke Lambourne as Head of Media, Bethany Hushon as Commercial Manager and Katie Patchett as Fan Liaison Officer has taken the club to a new level in terms of fan engagement as well as brand awareness for their sponsors.
With the current exposure and awareness of the club, AFC Fylde is becoming one of the clubs in the region to partner with. With the addition of “The Hotel at Mill Farm” to the facilities including Churchill’s Conference suite, Milano’s Restaurant and Bradley’s Sports Bar, the potential for growth for the ambitious club is clear to see.
“To have seen the transformation from a small team playing behind a pub, to an established football club on the brink of the Football League has been remarkable,” said AFC Fylde Chairman, David Haythornthwaite. “Our desire to be the best at what we do, combined with investment in the right people behind the scenes, has helped us get to the stage we’re at. We’re confident that, with our recent additions, we’ll continue to go from strength-to-strength, and break records on and off the pitch.”