STEETON have secured a real off-field coup, with former Barnoldswick Town stalwart Stewart Airdrie joining their first team coaching staff.

Airdrie used to play for Steeton but is probably best known for his time at their North West Counties League rivals.

He spent 14 years at Barnoldswick, doing just about everything there. He was a player, manager, committee member and chairman at the club.

But he left last summer, having just started started his own business, deciding to concentrate on that and spending quality time with his family.

His love of the game is still strong though, and it seems he couldn't resist a return.

His presence on Steeton's coaching team will prove more than useful for first team boss Roy Mason, who said: "I'm delighted to have Stewart on board with the club.

"He is someone that myself and (first team coach) Adam Smith have known for a long time, having both played alongside him back in our playing days.

"Not only is he experienced on the playing side, he has a wealth of experience off the pitch, and this will only be of benefit to the club as we look to progress off the field as well."

The Chevrons begin their competitive season at home to Jarrow in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round on Saturday.

Ironically for Airdrie, the game will be played at Barnoldswick's Silentnight Stadium, with Marley not quite ready for action just yet.

Steeton's North West Counties League First Division North campaign doesn't get underway until October 3, when they are due to play away at phoenix club Bury AFC.

As an interesting side note, despite Stewart's Barnoldswick allegiances, the Airdrie family is synonymous with Steeton.

Stewart's late father, Archie, was involved with the club for over 30 years as a player and committee member and his mother, Janet, still runs the tea shop at Summerhill Lane.