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Margison steps down at Rec

2nd July, 2017

Sean Margison has stepped down as manager of Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Athersley Recreation, ending a 27-year association with the club.

The shock news was announced as the Penguins embark on a new campaign aiming to improve on their tenth-placed finish last season.

His assistant Wayne Thompson has taken over the senior role and the club are now on the search for his new deputy.

In a statement, Margison said: "It is with a sad and heavy heart that I have decided to resign as first team manager of Athersley Recreation Football Club.

"I have been honoured and privileged to be part of this great club for over 27 years.

"I have played with and managed some of the best lads you could ever hope to be around who have become lifelong friends and they, along with the club's traditions, have instilled in me many qualities that have helped me become a better man - qualities such as loyalty, togetherness, fairness, hard work, integrity and sticking to your principles.

"Unfortunately, due to recent events I have to invoke one of these qualities as my principles won't let me agree with the path that the club wants to take.

"There are too many individuals to list so I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been around the club during my time there - managers, committee, board, players, volunteers and fans.

"What a ride its been! What a club! All the best to the club and everyone concerned in the future."

A statement from Athersley Recreation added: "The club would like to thank Sean for all his hard work both as a player and manager over the 27 years at the club.

"It has been a pleasure and an honour to have had such a dedicated man and is a true testament to why this club has had so much success and why he is loved and respected by all that have known him.

"We respect his decision although we did not want him to leave but the club sometimes have to make hard decisions which not all agree with.

"We wish him well for the future and he is always welcome to Sheerien Park and no doubt he will be getting his freebies off the REC INN CREW."

Anyone interested in the club's assistant manager role is asked to email their CV to secretary Peter Goodlad at petegoodlad@yahoo.co.uk or call 07910 121070 for further details.

The closing date for applications is Saturday 8th July, 2017, at 7pm.

(Story Source: Athersley Recreation)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Pontefract Collieries 42 102 96
P Pickering Town 42 96 75
P AFC Mansfield 42 96 67
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 85 43
5 Maltby Main 42 75 31
6 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 72 27
7 Penistone Church 42 72 27
8 Bottesford Town 42 69 9
9 Bridlington Town 42 64 21
R Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63 -5
11 Liversedge 42 57 3
12 Hall Road Rangers 42 55 -1
13 Barton Town (-1) 42 55 -12
14 Garforth Town 42 52 -29
15 Albion Sports 42 48 -8
16 Thackley 42 47 -9
17 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 47 -31
18 Athersley Recreation 42 46 -23
19 Worksop Town 42 46 -26
20 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 31 -62
R Parkgate 42 26 -58
R Clipstone 42 2 -135
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Knaresborough Town 42 100 61
P Yorkshire Amateur 42 88 77
3 Grimsby Borough 42 85 57
P Eccleshill United 42 85 48
5 Shirebrook Town 42 81 31
6 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 77 31
7 Selby Town 42 75 34
8 Hallam 42 73 42
9 Campion 42 73 30
10 Winterton Rangers 42 61 2
11 Swallownest 42 58 -11
12 AFC Emley 42 57 -5
13 Rossington Main 42 53 -14
14 Dronfield Town 42 52 -13
15 Ollerton Town 42 47 -24
16 Armthorpe Welfare 42 46 -25
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 40 -36
18 East Yorkshire Carnegie 42 34 -34
19 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 33 -48
20 FC Bolsover (-6) 42 30 -76
R Brigg Town 42 29 -54
R Retford United 42 24 -73

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