Ian Taylor (Head of Operations) Keith Taylor (Treasurer)
With the season on hold again, Matthew Kermode took the opportunity to speak to new Head of Operations Ian Taylor in an effort to get to know the new man at the helm.
Why did you decide to join BCWFC?
Keith and I had been in contact with BCWFC over the past year or so through our involvement with Bingley Bantams but for one reason or other things just didn’t p how both parties would have liked.
When we saw that Sally and Allyson were retiring, we both thought that this was an opportunity not to be missed. BCWFC has great potential and we felt that, given our experiences with Bingley Bantams, we could help the club progress.
What are your hopes/plans for the club?
The club has gone through a number of massive upheavals in the last few years, so our first plan is to bring some stability to the club off the field. Hopefully this will then translate into stability on the pitch.
We also want to create a more joined-up approach with the men’s team and hopefully make BCWFC THE team that women want to play for in this area. We want to create a fantastic stand-alone profile for BCWFC within the local community.
BCWFC announced a merger with Bradford City Community Foundation in December. What can linking up with the FITC bring to the club?
Stability, professionalism, a greater profile within the local area and access to some great, experienced people within FITC all of which will benefit BCWFC.
What (if any) are the key things you’d like to change/develop at BCWFC?
A difficult one this given we have only just taken over the reins and are currently looking at everything we currently do to see if we can make some changes to improve. One of the first things we want to do though is try to make signing for BCWFC a fantastic experience for the women involved and one that will inspire other women within the area to come and join us in this exciting journey we are starting.
What do you believe (former Chair) Sally’s legacy is?
Let us be in no doubt, without Sally there would not be a BCWFC, her legacy is the club itself and how highly respected it is within the league and the FA associations. She has left a truly exceptional football club and it is up to us to pick up the baton, work tirelessly and move the club forward. Everyone at BCWFC owes her a debt that can never be repaid.
What’s next for BCWFC?
We are in the process of a root and branch review of what we do and how we do it. Everything we do must be in the best interests of BCWFC and must enable us to continually improve. The next steps must revolve around increasing the profile of the club within the community and this includes local football clubs who do not currently have a women’s football team, schools and universities anywhere where women want to play football and are currently finding it difficult to do so.
The more women we can encourage to play the better for both them and for the club.
Away from Bingley Bantams and BCWFC how do you spend your time?
Keith (Ian’s brother and new BCWFC Treasurer) and I are avid Bradford City fans and have been going to Valley Parade for 50 years. We currently run the Bingley Bantams Supporters Group and since we formed the group, four years ago, we have donated around £20,000 to the football club as well as raised in excess of £10,000 for One in a Million - our main charity partner.
We are both married with grown-up children and both have three grandchildren. We are both retired Police Officers and Keith is now working as a civilian for North Yorkshire Police force and runs their Victim Support Unit. I am currently working part-time for ASDA after leaving my last role within the motor industry.
We are also both keen golfers and enjoy nothing more than a quick 18 holes, although it’s no longer quite as quick as it used to be, followed by a couple of pints.