The Board and Volunteers

Jonathan Burke
Co-Chairman

Jonathan Burke

Co-Chairman

Previous clubs: Ashton United

Biography: Jonathan is the joint chair of Ashton United. This is his first position within a football club. Local to the area he is a lifelong supporter and his grandfather, Johnny Burke played over 400 games in the fifties and sixties. Jonathan played his only completive game for AFC Stanley Tigers U13's in the late nineties. He was brought on as a half time substitute and substituted shortly after. After his debut Accrington Stanley ended its official ties to the Team! Outside of football Jonathan is an internationally award-winning writer and actor and is the company director of Mischief Theatre having performed on the West End and Broadway. He is the co-author of 'The Play That Goes Wrong, 'Peter Pan Goes Wrong' and 'The Comedy about a Bank Robbery' which have been performed all over the world in over forty different countries. He is currently filming a BBC One sitcom and working on a season of three new plays which he will be performing in at The Vaudeville Theatre in the West End later this year.

David Burke
Co-Chairman

David Burke

Co-Chairman

Previous clubs:

Biography: David is the joint chair of the club, sharing the role with his son Jonathan. Having lived in the local area all his life Ashton United has been in his blood from a very early age with his father, John Burke playing for and captaining the team for over 12 years, having clocked up over 400 club appearances. David played football at semi professional level until retiring in his mid-thirties Outside of football he runs a number of successful business’s, both local and national which are all affiliated in the commercial property sector. David brings a strong contracting background to the club which will be key to developing the ground at Hurst Cross.

Steve Hobson
Vice Chairman

Steve Hobson

Vice Chairman

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Biography: A former goalkeeper, Steve played representative games for several leagues in Manchester and for North West and Great Britain Police teams. Between 1978 and 1981 he played 1st and 2nd Division football in Norway for Vaalerenga IF (Oslo) and Haugar IL (Haugesund) including the 1979 Norwegian FA Cup Final with Haugar IL. Steve returned to England in 1981, bought by Dorchester Town, managed by England’s Martin Chivers, where he played in the FA Cup 2nd round losing 2-1 in extra time, after a replay, to a Harry Rednapp managed Bournemouth. In 1983 Steve began a long association with Rossendale United playing over 250 games in the North West Counties Football League (NWCFL) and Northern Premier League (NPL). Steve chaired the club, was an Executive Member of Rossendale United Juniors, and an NPL Board member for 12 years. He joined Ashton United in 2010 and is currently Vice Chairman. He is also Project Manager of Ashton United in the Community.

Andrew Evans
Board member

Andrew Evans

Board member

Previous clubs:

Biography: Born and bred in Ashton – Under – Lyne, Andrew grew up living local to Hurst Cross and was first introduced to Ashton United in 1974 by his father Thomas, who was an avid supporter of the club. His working career has been spent working in mechanical engineering on projects up and down the country within the construction industry. Falling out of love with Premiership football Andy turned his sights and passion back to his childhood club Ashton United in 2007 attending home and away game on a regular basis. After gradually becoming more and more involved helping out with jobs around the club and off field matters, Andy joined the Board of Directors in 2010.

Terry Hollis
Board member

Terry Hollis

Board member

Previous clubs: Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic

Biography: Terry has been involved in Non- League Football since the late Nineties having been asked to join the board at Stalybridge Celtic. Having left Stalybridge Celtic in 2001 he had time away from football altogether. In March 2003 Terry was asked to join the board at Ashton United. In his role at Ashton United he has been a main board director, Chief Executive and up until recently, Chairman. Terry’s owns a company in Stalybridge called Rol-lite Blinds Ltd which for the last few years has been the clubs main sponsor.

Jackie Tierney
Board member

Jackie Tierney

Board member

Previous clubs: Ashton United

Biography: Originally from Portsmouth, with a long naval tradition from her great grandfather down to herself being a WRN (Women’s Royal Naval Service, which is no more), Jackie moved up north in the early eighties, loved it that much, decided to settle down. Jackie is Financial Director of Rol-lite Blinds, one of our main sponsors for a number of years, where she has worked for the past 34 years. Safe to say she’s now a part of the furniture. The footballing side goes back to her childhood, where she regularly attended home fixtures with her dad & granddad of her first love, Portsmouth FC – play up Pompey! Jackie’s support has never left her, with her name permanently (one of many, including mum & dad) on the wall outside of Fratton Park as a shareholder, when the fans famously took over the club. Jackie became involved with semi-professional football when she joined Stalybridge Celtic doing the book keeping & wages. This was short lived compared to joining Ashton United, now coming up to her 18th season with the club. Jackie has now reprised her role as Financial Director, which she held for a number of years earlier on when she first joined us.

Ronnie Thomasson
Club President

Ronnie Thomasson

Club President

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Biography:

Andrew Finnigan
Club Secretary

Andrew Finnigan

Club Secretary

Previous clubs:

Biography: Having been involved with football since the age of four; playing, coaching, managing and now in administration as Club Secretary at Ashton United. My early playing experiences around Greater Manchester were for local teams and at the age of ten, I played for the town team, Ashton Boys. I relished the opportunity to play the game throughout my teenage years, until I was struck down with septicaemia at seventeen, this scuppered my chances of further progression. In the early 2000’s, I returned to football via coaching my children’s teams in Bury, where I had met my wife Carol. Under my guidance, Bury Juniors achieved several accolades & at this time, I undertook secretarial duties for the juniors and also league administration duties. Alongside these duties, I also held the interim positions of Prestwich Heys Reserves Coach and Prestwich Heys Secretary. Shortly after, the Club Secretary position at Ashton United became available and I was keen to apply. The then Chairman Dave Aspinall & Financial Director Jackie Tierney interviewed me, which resulted in them offering me the position, which I was happy to accept. Eight years later, the club and administration have undergone many changes, none more so than this close season. This will no doubt be a prosperous new chapter for Ashton United & I am very much looking forward to being a part of it.

Catherine Tomlisson
Secretary of the Women's team & assistant club secretary

Catherine Tomlisson

Secretary of the Women's team & assistant club secretary

Previous clubs: Ashton United

Biography: Catherine has been involved with the club for many years, initially as a fan and now assisting Club Secretary, Andrew Finnigan with various administrative duties. She has also taken the lead with the administrative duties as Secretary of our newly formed Women’s Team. A familiar face to fans, board members and players, she can usually be found either carrying out her role in the secretaries office or standing by the home dugout showing her support for the team.

Tom Langford
Head of media

Tom Langford

Head of media

Previous clubs: Ashton United

Biography: Head of Media Tom Langford has been with the club since October 2018 and has worked his way up to the top position at the club. Tom is currently studying football Business and media at UFCB and is volunteering at Ashton to gain experience in the industry. For any media enquires contact Tom at Langfordtom06@icloud.com

Tony Williams
Junior Team Secretary

Tony Williams

Junior Team Secretary

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Biography: I have always lived and breathed football and from going to see my first Manchester United game aged 6 and playing my first junior game for Dukinfield Tigers under 10s it’s always been a big part of my life. Now I enjoy to play 5 aside whilst taking part in our yearly charity match. When my children were old enough they also caught the bug and wanted to play football and I was excited to be given the opportunity to coach their team. A successful team they have reached the divisional cup final 5 years running finally being victorious in both of the last two seasons. I look forward to taking them forward as part of Ashton United Juniors. As well as coaching I have also been on the youth committee for a number of years as treasurer and secretary. I’m looking forward to supporting local youth players to play for and represent Ashton United FC and being part of the club.

Ryan Smith
Junior Team Chairman

Ryan Smith

Junior Team Chairman

Previous clubs: Curzon Ashton,Chorlton FC, Mossley AFC

Biography: Ryan is an ex goalkeeper who played for neighbours Curzon Ashton and Chorlton FC where a hand injury ended his playing. He then moved into youth coaching and progressing through to adult football. He is now a well experienced coach, holding UEFA B-Licence qualification and has coached at numerous clubs around the North West. Ryan has spent time at Leeds United on the management team of the Ladies elite side, delivered sessions at Blackburn Rovers and worked with Everton in the community. During his time coaching, Ryan founded Mossley Athletic FC which grew to multiple teams and later changed its name following a merger with Mossley AFC gaining a reputation amongst other clubs as a leading youth set up in the East Manchester area. Ryan joined Ashton United at the beginning of the 2019/20 season and is team manager for the under 17s team. He also runs R&S Coaching, an independent soccer school that feeds youngsters into the clubs new under 7s sides each year.