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Port Vale Statement Regarding Club Secretary

11 July 2016

Here is a statement about the arrival of new secretary Colin Garlick.

Port Vale Football Club


July 2016thMonday 11


Port Vale Football Club are pleased to announce that former Macclesfield Town and current Rochdale Chief Executive/Secretary Colin Garlick will be joining the club at the beginning of October.


was appointed as manager of Macclesfield in May 1993. Colin, who originates from Macclesfield where he still lives joined his home town club in 1993 as voluntary club secretary, Macclesfield were competing in the Football Conference at the time. Colin combined his secretarial duties whilst being employed full time in the dairy industry as a retail distribution manager. Colin joined the Cheshire club just ahead of Sammy McIlroy, the former Manchester United star who


Colin worked with Sammy as the club won two Football Conference titles, the Conference League Cup, three Conference Shields, the FA Trophy and promotion to the Football League in 1997. The following year Macclesfield were again promoted to the then Division 2, which was the equivalent to the current League 1.


Sammy McIlroy moved on to manage Northern Ireland and in 2000 Colin Garlick brought to an end his 23 years in the dairy industry to become the first ever Chief Executive/Secretary at Macclesfield Town. During his five years’ full time employment at Macclesfield Colin worked with former Port Vale manager Brian Horton.


Colin joined Rochdale in August 2005, originally as General Manager/Secretary but the following year was promoted to the position of Chief Executive/Secretary, the position he currently holds. When Colin joined Rochdale, current boss Keith Hill was youth team manager but was later to become first team manager. Rochdale have enjoyed their most successful period in the club’s history with Colin supporting manger Keith Hill who is now in his second spell with the club. In season 2007-08, which was the clubs Centenary season the club reached their first play off final at Wembley. In 2010 the club were promoted to the third tier of English football for only the second time in the club’s history. Dale had two seasons in League 1. Garlick was reunited with Hill in 2013 when Hill returned to Spotland after a spell at Barnsley. In 2014 the club again achieved promotion back to League 1 where they have now established themselves.


Garlick has earned a reputation in the transfer market and has negotiated the transfer agreements of players such as Grant Holt, Rickie Lambert, Adam Le Fondre, Matt Done, Scott Hogan, Will Buckley, Craig Dawson, Chris O’Grady and Glenn Murray.


Colin Garlick can list being Chairman of Macclesfield Town for a brief spell, being a club representative on the Football Leagues working party for both fixtures and salary cost management, an Alternate Director for League 2 on the Football League board amongst his other experiences within the game. Colin was also a registered referee and a referee instructor.


Port Vale Chairman, Norman Smurthwaite said “I am delighted that Colin is joining the club, he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge over many years and has an excellent reputation and many contacts within the game. Colin is known to me as he regularly attends all the Football League meetings and he represents his club very well. Colin is a very loyal, honest and conscientious individual with the utmost integrity and he has earned the respect that he has within the game. I very much look forward to working with him”.


Colin Garlick said “It is a privilege and an honour to work for a football club and I am extremely grateful and very thankful for the opportunities and experiences that I have had at both Macclesfield and Rochdale. The decision to bring my time at Rochdale to a close was a very difficult decision for me but having committed to that decision I could not have wished for a better opportunity that the one presented at Port Vale, with the chance to remain in football at the closest football league club to my home was just too good an offer to turn down”.


Colin added, I am very proud of the small part that I have played in the success that we achieved during my time at both Macclesfield and Rochdale. I do know and appreciate how lucky I am and I very much look forward to working with the Chairman, Bruno and all the staff on behalf of all the Port Vale supporters in the hope that I can be equally proud of the part that I play in the future success at Port Vale”.


Colin will pick up the responsibilities of the long serving secretary Bill Lodey and work alongside Chairman Norman Smurthwaite.

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