MICHAEL Beech is following in a long family tradition by holding an official post at Stalybridge Celtic Football Club.
The 21-year-old is the Bower Fold club’s general manager and football secretary with Celtic very much in his DNA.
Grandmother Dorothy Norton, 87, is a former Celtic club treasurer as well as being a board member. She is a life vice president.
And Dorothy’s late husband Charles was a director of the club for 21 years while Michael’s uncle David Norton was also a director and managed Gray’s nightclub at the ground.
Dorothy says it was inevitable that Michael should inherit the Celtic gene.
“He first came to games aged three when he sat on my knee,” she recollected.
Dorothy, who lives in Stalybridge, attended her first Celtic game in 1947 and became a regular with her husband from 1957 onwards.
Dorothy, who was awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the town, has done a variety of jobs at the club.
She said: “Apart from playing, refereeing or running the line, I think I have done every other job, including washing the kit.
“When I became treasurer, three months later I was made a director of the club.”
Michael, whose mother Tracey also used to help out at the club on matchdays, was appointed to a full-time role in January.
He admitted: “It is my dream job but I don’t have let my love and passion for the club cloud what I do.
“I have to put sentiment aside and look at it as a job.”
Michael, a former pupil at Stalyhill Primary, says one of his earliest memories is of the treble winning team of 2001 when the trophies were paraded.
He added his first job at Bower Fold as a schoolboy was as an unofficial doorman and as he get older he assumed more responsibility like taking cash floats to the turnstiles and bars.
Michael became assistant club secretary to John Hall in 2014, spending two years shadowing him in a voluntary role.
He was appointed football secretary in April 2016 as a volunteer and in January became a full-time employee.