Pete Jeffrey Appointed New Chairman of Steeton AFC
Pete Jeffrey, a Keighley-based business owner has agreed to take on the role of Steeton AFC chairman from Albert Bates who has been at the helm in an interim position for the past two years. Jeffrey is managing director of Dobson Gaskets a long-established Keighley firm that manufacture a wide range of gaskets used by transport and process industries around the globe.
Bates will now become club president, reward for many years’ service at the club during which time he has overseen the ground maintenance at Summerhill Lane and worked tirelessly in developing a pitch that is the envy of many clubs.
Jeffrey joined Steeton five years ago when his Under-15s team moved from Sutton Juniors to join the club. Several of the players that he has coached have graduated to first-team football and he has coupled coaching responsibilities with increased involvement in the club’s off-field operations. Alongside his new role as chairman Jeffrey is also the club’s head of infrastructure.
Speaking about the appointment first-team-manager Roy Mason said, “I’am really delighted with the new appointment. Pete is a key part of the Steeton management team and his input and work over the past few seasons has been pivotal in helping the club achieve semi-professional status. I’m really pleased he has agreed to become the new chairman; he was the obvious choice for the committee members.”
As pre-season training gets under way and the club looking to strengthen its first team squad ahead of the opening league fixture. Work has also gone into the plan to establish a women’s football team for the 2020-21 season. The process of affiliating a women’s team with the view to playing some friendlies this season before joining a league for next season.