Earlswood Town appoint England's senior communications manager Andy Walker as new chairman
THE senior communications manager of the England men’s national football team has taken on the role of Earlswood Town chairman.
Andy Walker takes up the role ahead of the 2021-22 Midland Football League Division Two season and succeeds Keith Green who stepped down in May 2021.
Born and bred in Solihull, the 39-year-old is a media, communications and PR specialist who has worked across the sports industry for 18 years.
Since 2014, he has been the England men’s national football team’s senior communications manager and was recently a member of Gareth Southgate’s backroom staff at UEFA Euro 2020, his fourth major tournament in the role.
Prior to that, Walker was head of media and communications at Birmingham City having started his career as a sports journalist with several newspaper titles.
However, despite a prominent role covering international and national football, he has always been a keen enthusiast of the Midlands non-league scene, which brought him to the attention of the Earls.
As a fledging sports writer, Walker enjoyed a spell as Solihull Borough’s programme editor and even returned to the club in its current guise of Solihull Moors as a voluntary consultant in 2015 to help aid their promotion to the National League.
As well as the Moors, in recent years his spare time has been spent watching the likes of Kidderminster Harriers, Bromsgrove Sporting, Alvechurch, Highgate United, Coleshill Town, Knowle and Hampton.
Now, when professional and family duties allow, that focus will solely shift to Earlswood.
The Earls’ new chairman said: “I would like to thank the committee of Earlswood Town for offering me this opportunity. It’s an honour to be asked to take on a leadership role with a football club from within my local community and I hope to bring fresh perspective.
“From initial meetings, it’s clear that this club is fortunate to have an incredibly driven manager at the helm backed by a dedicated committee so I look forward to being a part of an exciting and progressive future.”
Manager Tom Reynolds added: “This appointment is an exciting time for the club. To have someone of Andy’s knowledge, experience and capabilities can only benefit us.
“Since our first meeting you can see why he is involved in elite football and it was his passion for grassroots football that surprised me.
“Everyone at Earlswood should be excited for the future.”
The Earls begin the 2021-22 Midland League Division Two campaign on Saturday when they welcome Coventry Alvis to The Pavilions (3pm start).