Now it’s official - Todmorden sports centre links up with Clarets

The sports centre's Steve Crowther, left, with Burnley legend John Francis
The sports centre's Steve Crowther, left, with Burnley legend John Francis

THERE is now an official link between Todmorden Sports Centre and Burnley Football Club.

The link has come between Steve Crowther at the centre and Burnley legend John Francis, who lives in the area.

John, who is coaching at Burnley, visited the centre and saw the amount of football coaching going on there.

Steve said: “I then went to see the head of football development Jeff Taylor and because of my experience in the professional game and my previous academy experience at both Manchester City and Huddersfield Town I am now an official link between the Todmorden area and Burnley FC.”

This will involve spotting players and then arranging for them to train at Burnley FC.

“Over the 10 years I have worked at the Sports Centre we have had numerous players attending training sessions with academies and currently have three players who are under contract to professional clubs, George Wilson at Blackburn Rovers, Lewis O’Brien at Huddersfield Town and William Kinder who is already at Burnley.

“This all stems initially from our substantial coaching programme which we have running throughout the week.

“Anyone wanting any details of these sessions should pop into the centre or phone reception on 01706 839090,” he said.

The Sports Centre hopes that the link will be long and productive and provide the Todmorden and Hebden Bridge area with a strong partnership with our nearest professional football club.

John Francis added: “We are pleased to form this link with Todmorden Sports Centre. This will be a terrific opportunity for the young players of the Todmorden area.”

l Burnley Football Club is inviting new shareholders to a special question and answer evening with chairman Barry Kilby.

This free evening will take place in 1882 Lounge at Turf Moor on Thursday, July 28, at 7pm.

Supporters who opted to take out a shareholding under the chairman’s Premier League Pledge are welcome to attend and will be given priority, as this is an outstanding event specifically for those shareholders.

Shareholders who had held a share certificate since November 2009 have until Wednesday to apply for their tickets.

From today any remaining tickets will be available to current shareholders (strictly one ticket per shareholder).

All tickets can be obtained, with proof of ID (name and address), from the main reception at Turf Moor, or by e-mailing

The evening is being held following a meeting of the Burnley Football Club’s Supporters’ Alliance - a joint discussion forum between the club, supporters’ clubs and the Clarets Trust.