Governance Director (Governance, External Funding, Society Business)
Andy is Chief Executive of Humber Learning Consortium. An organisational development and bid writing specialist, he will provide additional commercial experience and support to the board.
After he was co-opted in February 2017, Andy stood for election at the 2017 AGM and was elected to the Board, taking on the role of Governance Director.
Name: Andy Crossland
Location: Beverley and Scarborough
How many years a fan: 31 and a bit
First Boro game and thoughts on it: Nuneaton Borough in August 1986. Won 1-0 with a Mitch Cook goal - don’t recall much more. I wound up going to pretty much every home game for the remainder of the season (even though I lived in Derby at the time).
Why Boro: Football is about a sense of community, identity, and belonging as far as I’m concerned. I just don’t get the “Sky TV” football fan mentality. Never have. Each to their own.
How many games you attend a season: 30-35.
Club Legend: Too many to mention
Cult Hero: Kempy!
Best Game: Away at Brighouse / Southend in the FA Cup (home and away)
Worst Game: Torquay away being cancelled as we arrived at 2pm. Didn’t enjoy the play off game there either. Losing 7-0 at Oldham was pretty painful.
Most Memorable Moment: Lots, but coming home on 15th July 2017 will take some beating.
Funniest Moment: Probably some of the pre-match DJs. Hemsworth and Mossley were especially memorable.
Why you decided to join the Board? Trevor rang Fred and I shortly after Dave Holland died and we agreed it was time to walk the walk.
One positive thing you have realised about the club since joining the Board? The sheer number of people who passionately care about the club and work their socks off on it’s behalf.
Sum up the Exile in a sentence: Made us stronger.
Sum up what it means to return home in a sentence: Everything.
Hopes for the Future: A sustainable football club with the Scarborough public and business community right behind us. Getting back to the conference (National League) would be nice.
What you do to improve the club: It’s my job as Governance Director to keep the board on track and my bid writing experience will no doubt come into play once we start to develop the ground.
Pre match ritual: I try to squeeze a quick pint in down the Valley Bar and then leg it to the ground before Mick Davison realises I’m missing from clubhouse door duty.