Southport have confirmed that long-standing supporter Martyn O’Hara has joined the Club’s Board of Directors.
Martyn brings strong sales and marketing experience to the Board and will become a key part of the club’s off-field operations.
Martyn said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Board of Directors at Southport FC! It’s been over 30 years since my Dad walked me through the turnstiles and I remember it like it was yesterday.”
“As a supporter, one thing I’m aware of is what it’s like to stand on the terraces, and have seen many of the frustrations from fans off the field and with the matchday experience. My role will be to work with sponsors and develop our commercial activities but perhaps more importantly I’ll be looking at ways of encouraging new supporters to get down to the ground.”
“That also means making sure our current fans feel valued. There’s a variety of ways we can make people feel part of the club and we know that’s been missing recently.”
“Bringing fans back into love with the football club is something that I’m going to be working hard to achieve.”
Martyn will also be working closely with the club’s new Marketing and Commercial manager, who will join the club this coming Monday. The Board also expect to name a new Board member in the next few days.
Director James Treadwell said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Martyn to the Board and look forward to working with him as we move into the new season. He has an excellent marketing and sales background and will be heavily involved with developing our revenue streams. As a true supporter of the club, he’ll be speaking and communicating with fans, as we all will, and helping us build the community football club that we’re aiming for.”
Martyn joins existing Board members Adrian Shandley and James Treadwell.
Adrian Shandley is Chief Executive at Premier Wealth Management, a specialist private investment firm with over £400 million under management.
He has been a long term supporter and sponsor of Southport FC, being one of the original founders of, and spending 8 years organising and running, the Juniors section in the late 1990’s. Adrian has been involved with the Southport Hesketh Round Table for nearly 30 years and is also the main organiser of the award winning Mad Dog 10k.
James Treadwell, a born and bred Sandgrounder, is a Partner at the accounting and business advisory firm, Moore and Smalley, who employ over 300 staff and advise businesses throughout the North West.
He started watching the club in the Northern Premier League title-winning season of 1992/93, his first game being a 3-2 win against Horwich RMI. James has been a Vice President of the club for five years.