Knaresborough Town Football Club is pleased to announce the name of its new President as confirmed at the AGM last Thursday. Following the sad loss of Terry Hewlett in January, the club has taken time in choosing the new President, but are delighted that former player and manager, Paul Howard, has agreed to take up the post. Paul joined the club back in the 1970’s and became a mainstay in the club’s defence in the Harrogate League days. He managed a young Sunday side as well as the Crown Sunday League side and took on the first team manager’s role when the club moved back to the West Yorkshire League In 1993. The first season saw the team finish third in the Premier Division as well as lifting the League Cup but, after four years in charge, Paul decided to step back from the role and resume his place on the club committee. In 1999, Paul resumed the manager’s role after the club decided upon a change of direction, but after a further two years, he stepped aside as Ian Singleton, Rob Pearson and Neil Smallwood took charge of the team for short periods. A third spell, this time as caretaker manager from February 2007, saw Paul, again with Mick West as assistant, take over when the side was rooted at the foot of the league table having won only three games of the first seventeen in the league. A massive turnabout occurred and the team won six of the remaining 13 games to retain their place in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League, whereby Paul handed over again to Brian Davey and Duncan Falconer. Paul has always lived locally and has been a regular spectator at Manse Lane, editing the programme for a time as well as serving many years on the committee. We hope that Paul has a long and successful tenure as Club President.