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Tigers vision outlined by new managing director

17th January, 2018

New Worksop Town managing director Paul Williams has written an open letter to the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club's supporters about his vision for the Tigers.

Earlier this week, it was announced that previous owner and chairman Jason Clark had passed on the club to local businessman Paul Tomkins and written off the debt owed to him.

And, the restructuring has continued with Williams and his business partner Niall Robertson also coming on board with the pair both part owning the shares sold to the Tigers by Clark.

Robertson will be director of operations and, in a statement on the club's website, Williams released a step-by-step plan for the side that is currently tenth in the table.

Our Club
We want to continue the hard work already delivered here over the summer and grow together with the ‘shoulder to shoulder’ mentality we have implemented so far with our Juniors, Under 19’s and Ladies teams. It is time for the Club to re-focus again and regain its impressive identity as the fourth oldest in the world. It needs a solid and time-tested management once again, surrounded by professionals with Worksop Town in their hearts. In a further step towards honouring our history, we shall bring back as many people as possible, in particular of course, former players who played a decisive role in building our legacy. They deserve our respect and we want to make them part of our collective effort to build upon the success we are beginning to see. I find it pivotal that the Club is recognised once again as a hub within the community and we will be doing everything in our power to ensure the town of Worksop is together with us on this exciting journey.

Your Football
We want to bring a philosophy to the Football Club and an identity recognisable through all our wonderful teams, stretching from our Juniors to the First Team. We believe in bringing our young talent through and giving them a platform for success as both footballers and people.

We are working constantly to ensure the Club remains focused in its goal to become a power-house of non-league football once again, we are aware of the difficult task we face in achieving promotion from the NCEL but are encouraged that our strategic business plan for the Football Club will aid us with much stronger foundations than just writing blank cheques for first team players season after season. We know here at Worksop Town there will be peaks and troughs, but we promise to give you the open and honest dialogue you deserve as we all come together for this exciting new chapter. Our belief is that our football leadership mirrors our own philosophies, we will be restructuring the football leadership to bring highly skilled individuals and professionalism to the forefront.

My Vision
After six long months reviewing the business with colleagues I realise the need for self-sustainability over the long-term. The process of rebuilding the Clubs fortunes will not be quick, when Jake Brown and myself entered the Club back in April it was in intensive care, we are nursing it back to health and with the structure now being put in place of several hard-working individuals we are looking to the future in a much brighter setting. I must reiterate that Paul and myself are not millionaires, we will not try to be something we are not, but we ask for trust now in ourselves and our expertise around us that our viable business plan will keep the club in safe hands. The appointment of new directors and a decisive leadership team will be announced in due course along with the Club’s new structure going forward.

Thank you all for your patience during this period of change and here’s to an exciting future for the Tigers!

(Story Source: Worksop Town)

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Season 2017/18 Tables

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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