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Former skipper becomes new Rail boss

7th June, 2017

Liam Gray has been unveiled as the new manager of Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Harrogate Railway Athletic.

The former Rail skipper will be assisted by Ray Green who stepped in to become boss in February and saved the club from relegation.

Dennis Metcalfe will be coach whilst another Rail legend Lee Ryan will also be on the management team.

A statement by the Station View outfit said: "We are going local to promote local footballers and the youth of Harrogate and surrounding areas. We needed a management team to reinvent HRA top down with passion and commitment and we believe we have chosen the team to do this.

"All these people have great passion and history with the club and will show a level of dedication that will firstly consolidate our position in the Football Pyramid, then work hard to move us forward generating a brand of football and feeling of community that will promote the club to the people of Harrogate.

"We are focusing on creating a new culture and a local community spirit to promote engagement within our club.

"The idealism of joining HRA at the age of 6-8 years old and then playing in the red and green of Railway right through to the age of 30 something is a massive plus to our club and one that is not promoted enough.

"We need to value all participants at the club and make our club their club and so build a stronger and more sustainable future for Harrogate’s Footballing Community."

(Story Source: Harrogate Railway Athletic)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Cleethorpes Town 42 108 99
2 Pickering Town 42 97 72
3 Bridlington Town 42 88 53
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 83 75
5 Thackley 42 78 35
6 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 69 36
7 AFC Mansfield 42 66 24
8 Albion Sports 42 66 1
9 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 65 12
10 Athersley Recreation 42 62 -8
11 Liversedge 42 59 26
12 Bottesford Town 42 56 -1
13 Worksop Town 42 55 -6
14 Maltby Main 42 54 -16
15 Garforth Town 42 53 -19
16 Clipstone 42 49 -22
17 Parkgate 42 41 -30
18 Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38 -36
19 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38 -70
20 Barton Town Old Boys 42 34 -75
R Armthorpe Welfare 42 24 -68
R Retford United (-3) 42 24 -82
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Hall Road Rangers 42 96 62
P Pontefract Collieries 42 95 75
3 AFC Emley 42 95 72
4 Grimsby Borough 42 89 46
5 Hallam 42 82 59
P Penistone Church 42 82 38
7 Knaresborough Town 42 70 19
8 Campion 42 68 28
9 Eccleshill United 42 66 15
10 Selby Town 42 61 -2
11 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 59 9
12 Winterton Rangers 42 59 8
13 Yorkshire Amateur 42 53 -4
14 Brigg Town 42 49 -42
15 Rossington Main 42 45 -17
16 Teversal 42 45 -27
17 Ollerton Town 42 43 -29
18 Shirebrook Town 42 39 -47
19 Dronfield Town 42 35 -44
20 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 35 -75
R Westella & Willerby 42 27 -59
22 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 15 -85

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