The great news is that another former Burnley Football Club chairman Mike Garlick is supporting Clarets Collected.
Mike was born and brought up in Burnley where his family have lived since the 1850s moving from Glossop to work in the cotton mills. He was educated at Burnley Wood Infants and Burnley Grammar School and has always had a keen interest in the social and economic history in Burnley.
During his teens he had the dream of becoming the chairman and owner of Burnley Football Club but he left Burnley in 1982 to attend Bradford University studying technology and management. He graduated in 1986 and since then over the years he has built up an international IT consultation company in 7 countries and employing 600 staff.
He became a director at Burnley FC in 2006 and in 2012 became chairman and a controlling shareholder. During his time as chairman he:
- Negotiated the re-purchase of Turf Moor and Gawthorpe Training Ground from a third-party landlord.
- Oversaw the investment of £20million in new training ground and disabled stand facilities.
- Kept the club in the Premier League for six seasons.
- Oversaw the club becoming the fourth most profitable in Premier League history.
- Expanded the club’s scouting and recruitment staff from 3 to 16.
From 2014 onwards he has been a Trustee and regular donor to BFC in the Community, the official Burnley FC charity. He has a particular interest in mental health, particularly in terms of young people and the effects on them of social media and the Covid Lockdowns.
His role at the club diminished following the takeover by ALK although he remained on the board in an advisory capacity. Today in what spare time he has, he skis, plays tennis badly, and loves old Northern Soul records that remind him of his times at Wigan Casino. He still attends Burnley games and said an immediate “yes” when asked would he like to support Clarets Collected, with both finance and advice.