Non-league: Farsley AFC change name to Farsley Celtic Football Club

7 February 2015 .......    Photo Essay..    Farsley AFC TJ100710d Picture Tony Johnson
7 February 2015 ....... Photo Essay.. Farsley AFC TJ100710d Picture Tony Johnson
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FARSLEY AFC officials have revealed their delight after their application to change the club’s name back to Farsley Celtic Football Club was approved by the FA.

The old Farsley Celtic club were disbanded in March 2010 after being expelled from the Conference after being placed into adminstration, with the club re-forming as Farsley AFC.

Despite that name change, the Throstle-Nest based club were still refered to in the community as Celtic and that moniker has now officially returned to the club’s name.

The club were forced to drop Celtic from its name when it re-formed in June 2010, under FA National League system rules, which stated that clubs cannot re-enter the NLS under the playing name on which the club entered administration.

The rules also stated that a club were unable to request for the playing name to be changed for five years, with that period having now elapsed.

Club chairman John Palmer commented: “Once the decision to put forward a name change was made by the board of directors, Josh Greaves, the chief executive, started, a consultation period with various sections of the club.

“Opinions were gathered from the Supporters Club, junior committee, ladies committee and education partners.

“The process culminated in February when Josh Greaves and Robert Winterbottom travelled to the Football Association headquarters at Wembley Stadium to put forward the case on behalf of the club.

“We are very pleased with the decision.”

Greaves added: “It is great to be able to call the club Farsley Celtic once again when we are on such a good footing.”

Meanwhile, Farsley’s Gibraltar international striker Adam Priestley has joined Barnsley-based outfit Shaw Lane Aquaforce, who will compete in the Evo-Stik League next season.

Paul Lines and Simon Turfrey have returned to their posts as manager and chairman respectively at Nostell following a U-turn after meeting with club officials.