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Hardwick returns to Cobras as boss

10th January, 2018

Clipstone have moved quickly to find a new manager after Ian Cotton's decision to stand down with former Cobras player Jamie Hardwick being announced as his successor.

Hardwick will be the new boss whilst keeping his current position guiding the development squad at Mansfield Town where he has won the league title in the past two seasons.

He is a UEFA A qualified coach and former Nottinghamshire football coach of the year whilst he was a successful player at senior levels of football with a professional career that was ended at the age of 23 due to injury whilst at Boston United.

Speaking on behalf of the clubís committee, Andy Sumner said: "We are absolutely delighted to appoint Jamie.

"He has a fantastic reputation and vast experience in football. He understands the ethos of our club and is a very successful qualified coach.

"The club has been a big part of his life having played for us as part of a very successful playing career and he also lives locally.

"He has set up and worked at academies, identifying and developing local talent that has moved on to be very successful in the game. He has a vision of success, knows what is required by the supporters and we will assist him as much as we can.

"The last year has been very challenging for the club but we are now well set up to ensure that the club can keep driving its values of being closely linked with the community, future talent and competing at the highest level we can in a sustainable way.

"Over the past year, we have also continued to build great relationships with the Colts teams and Jamie, having been a former chairman of the Colts, will be a key link."

Hardwick added: ďA lot of supporters and existing players already know me and those who donít will soon realise that I am loyal, hard-working, have a passion for success and developing players and playing football in the right way.

"The club has been a big part of my life in the past and Iím looking forward to being back at the club."

Jamie will be supported on his role by his backroom staff of Simon Ward who is UEFA A qualified and Alan Widdowson who is also qualified at UEFA B level and both bring significant experience to the team.

Their first match in the dugout will be Saturday's home Premier Division clash with Garforth Town.

(Story Source: Clipstone FC)

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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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