City named as flagship club in respect campaign

Lancaster City manager, Tony Hesketh.
Lancaster City manager, Tony Hesketh.

LANCASTER City were declared a flagship club for the FA’s Respect campaign at a fair play seminar held at Giant Axe on Monday.

The meeting was chaired by the league’s respect manager and FA Respect Ambassador Phil Bradley and saw three speakers highlight the importance of the issue.

Paul Kettlewell, a level three referee who has run the line at Championship level, Jerry North, the Director of Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce and City manager Tony Hesketh joined Bradley and Eddie Wolstenholme from the Lancashire FA in praising the Dolly Blues.

The club was honoured as national fair play winners at Wembley last May, and also by the league for their role in the campaign.

Bradley said: “The Northern Premier League should be used by the FA as a flagship league in their Respect campaign and as last season’s fair play league winner Lancaster City are the flagship club. They are also one of many examples of fair play going alongside success on the pitch.

“We have seen teams being promoted from the Northern Premier League – Boston United, Halifax Town and Colwyn Bay – who did so finishing high in the fair play leagues.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-03-12) for full story.