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Double boost for Welfare

24th May, 2017

Armthorpe Welfare manager Mike Carmody has revealed that last season’s Manager’s Player of the Year, Chris Gowen, and the Players' Player of the Year, Josh Gibbons, have both committed to remaining with the club for next season.

The South Yorkshire side are rebuilding for life in Toolstation NCEL Division One after they finished in the Premier Division relegation zone last month.

Looking forward to the new challenge, Carmody said: "It's tremendously positive news that two of our most consistent performers have agreed to be part of a new chapter for the club as we look to assemble a strong squad for the coming season.

"I know I can always rely on them both to give me all they have for the cause."

Experienced left-back Gowen (pictured left) joined Welfare in October last year from Selby Town with the 34-year-old having also previously played for Frickley Athletic (two spells), North Ferriby United, Pickering Town and Barton Town Old Boys.

Gibbons (pictured right) joined from Askern Villa and made 27 league appearances last season as he cemented a place in the centre of the Welfare defence with some commanding displays.

Gowen added: "When I signed for Mick last year my aim was to help him and the club avoid relegation, something which I'd never experienced before.

"I was hoping we could achieve this - then, I'd have probably hung my boots up but, after the disappointment of last year, I'd hate to bow out on a relegation.

"I'd imagine this will be my last season, so hopefully we can put the wrongs of last year right. It wouldn't have felt right walking away.

"Last year was very disappointing for everyone at the club but I know from speaking with Mick that a lot was going on behind the scenes to make the club that bit more professional and it certainly wants to go in the right direction.

"The problem, as always, is finances and if players want to play, but with the players Mick’s hopeful of getting in, I can't see any reason why we can't aim for a play off spot."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Armthorpe unveil new kit sponsors

16th May, 2017

Armthorpe Welfare have announced that Marra Falcons will be the club’s sponsors for both the home and away strip, club polo shirts, club tracksuits and kit bags for the 2017/18 season.

A club statement said: "Supporters of Armthorpe Welfare for a number of years and based on West Moor Lane, Armthorpe, Marra Falcons breed nothing but the highest quality hunting falcons, concentrating mainly on pure Gyr falcons and pure British Peregrines and offer a wide choice of bloodlines for the discerning falconer.

"The club would like to thank Marra Falcons for this gesture and their excellent support of Armthorpe Welfare FC.

"For more information on Marra Falcons see their website at www.armthorpe-falcons.co.uk or phone 01302 834771.

"More information on sponsoring Armthorpe Welfare FC is available on at www.armthorpewelfare.co.uk."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Renovation works start at Armthorpe

5th May, 2017

Now the 2016/17 Toolstation NCEL season has been completed, Armthorpe Welfare have begun work on renovating and updating the snack bar building to create a new snack bar and bar/lounge area.

This will involve removing the internal walls and replacing them with a solitary wall with two serving areas – one for food and one for the bar.

There will also be new plasterboard on the walls and ceilings which will then be painted, new exterior cladding and the creation of a new patio area.

The kitchen will also be upgraded with new units and flooring whilst the lounge/bar will benefit from a new carpet.

The club say they are working to a tight budget to achieve these aims so any help with materials, etc will be greatly appreciated.

Anyone who can assist is asked to email them at armthorpe.welfare@hotmail.co.uk.

The photos below show the work that has been undertaken so far with the internal walls being dismantled and the ceiling plaster boarding being removed.

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

New chairman at Armthorpe

8th March, 2017

Armthorpe Welfare have a new chairman after Steve Taylor stepped down on Monday evening following sixteen years in the position and 33 years at the club.

Taking over from Taylor is Lee Carmody, who joined the club’s management committee last year.

Taylor first joined Welfare as a player from Spalding United in 1984, being part of the Welfare side that were NCEL Division One Central champions. He then took over as club captain and subsequently as player/manager in 1987 and was in charge as Welfare when they were Premier Division runners-up to Emley in 1987/88.

In 1990, Taylor stepped down as manager but continued playing until 1996 after when he joined the club’s committee. Following the unfortunate passing of the previous chairman, Alan Bell, Taylor replaced him in 2001 and had been at the helm of the club ever since.

Taylor said: "Thanks to everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with at the club. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it but now’s the time for someone else to take the club forwards. Best of luck to Lee and everyone in the future."

Taylor won’t be severing links entirely with the club as he has accepted an honorary member position.

On his appointment, new chairman Carmody said: "I would like to thank the committee for the opportunity to help guide the future of this historic grass roots football club. Also, on behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to thank Steve Taylor for his efforts during his time as chairman.

"I grew up in Doncaster, the son of a skilled and well respected semi-professional footballer (and a proud miner) desperately wishing I had inherited my father’s footballing prowess - sadly I hadn't! - all those skills went to my younger brothers!

"I have, however, always been an avid follower of local football and when my younger brother Michael took over the first team manager's role at Armthorpe Welfare FC, a club our family has had long standing connections with and holds a special place in our footballing hearts, I couldn't have been more pleased for the team.

"Mike is an enthusiastic, skilled coach - a man with a natural footballer's mind with some real ambition and drive. It has, of course, been a difficult couple of seasons and it would be wrong to say that we didn't have a huge challenge ahead.

"That said, what we do have is a core squad of players who will battle through these challenging times with pride in their club - add to this, a dedicated committee and group of volunteers who consistently give up their time for the best interests of the football club and we can only be positive for the future.

"The ‘Wellie’ can and should be the heart of the community and I am committed to continuing the hard work Steve Taylor, our outgoing chairman, has done over many, many years.

"Our immediate challenge is of course to finish the season as strongly as we are able before setting our sights on a successful 2017/18 campaign.

"The Toolstation NECL Premier Division presents us with a great level of football and we know it's where we deserve to showcase our skills. We have a top class playing surface and have some great ideas and plans to make some improvements around the ground.

"I am obviously keen to achieve some short term successes but, from a committee point of view, a long term strategy to success is vital. I am looking forward to building positive relationships with the club officials, sponsors and the league and hope our loyal fans continue to bring their support.

"Running a club at this level does bring with it some considerable costs and overstretching ourselves is not what we want to do - we are now looking for individuals or businesses to take up some attractive sponsorship opportunities and we are hoping to attract the crowds back to Church Street.

“I do want to wish the management team and squad good luck for the rest of the season and I would like to say I'm proud to be associated with one of the most enduring clubs in the league."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

New assistant boss at Welfare

26th February, 2017

Armthorpe Welfare manager Mike Carmody has promoted Ben Chapman from first team coach to assistant boss, replacing Gary Collier who has stepped down from the position.

Chapman joined the Welfare’s coaching team at the beginning of January having gained a wealth of experience at Football League and top level Non-League football.

Collier was appointed assistant manager when Carmody took over the manager’s position at the Welfare in September last year and, although no longer part of the management team, he will still be available for selection as a player.

Carmody said: "I'd like to thank Gary for all his efforts assisting me when I took over. He's been a great help in moving the club forward but I know Gary's heart lies in playing, which I respect fully."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Chapman joins Welfare coaching staff

11th January, 2017

Armthorpe Welfare manager Michael Carmody has strengthened his coaching team at the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side by bringing in the experienced Ben Chapman.

37-year-old Chapman is a left full back who began his career at Grimsby Town where he made 21 first team appearances.

He then went on to play regularly in the top tiers of non-league football for the likes of Boston United where he was club captain, Alfreton Town, Northwich Victoria, Nuneaton Borough, King's Lynn, Harrogate Town and Frickley Athletic.

Recent seasons have seen him playing in the NCEL for Appleby Frodingham, Hall Road Rangers and Bottesford Town.

Carmody said: "Chappy is a guy I've known since school and his knowledge of the game is top class having spent most of his career playing league and senior non-league football for the likes of Grimsby Town and Boston United.

"He's a welcome addition to the coaching team."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Carmody becomes Welfare boss

7th September, 2016

Armthorpe Welfare have announced that Michael Carmody is the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side's new manager.

He joins from Division One outfit Selby Town where he was coach and will meet his new players for the first time on Thursday evening.

His debut in the dugout will be in the Buildbase FA Vase First Qualifying Round match at home to Congleton Town two days later.

Carmody replaces Brian Johnson who stepped down as boss last month after three years in charge.

His first aim will be to move Armthorpe away from the foot of the Premier Division table having lost their opening seven matches of the season.

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Friday deadline for manager search

31st August, 2016

Armthorpe Welfare have announced that applicants have until midnight on Friday to register their interest in becoming the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side's new first team manager.

The search began following the resignation of Brian Johnston last week.

A statement from the club explains what they are looking for:

The ideal candidate will have experience as a first team manager at step 6 or above of the FA national pyramid - ideally, experience of management within the NCEL. They should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the standard required to compete at this level.

Essential skills required:
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent man management skills
High degree of flexibility
Commitment and loyalty
Promote good discipline and sportsmanlike behaviour
Willingness to work hard and compete in a league where other teams are often better resourced.
Promote a culture of hard work, playing for the badge and for pride and not financial reward.
Demonstrate an awareness of non league football, and of good player contacts.

Your application will be looked upon more favourably if you have a minimum of a level 1 FA coaching badge or equivalent, but this is not an essential requirement at this stage.

The first team manager will have full control of squad selection with no interference from the committee, and will be responsible for all player recruitment and retention. They will also have control over the hiring of their own backroom team, and splitting responsibilities as they like. They will need to work within the rules and regulations of the FA and NCEL as guided by the committee.

Applicants should be under no illusions that this is an incredibly challenging job that will require the manager to give up their own time. Armthorpe Welfare is a registered charity and as such is run completely by volunteers with no paid staff right through the committee to the players. Everybody works for the love of the club and the love of the game.

The appointment of a new manager is obviously time sensitive and so applications will be accepted by email only. Please email a football CV that includes as a minimum, your name, address, age, contact telephone number, email address, previous playing experience, previous management experience, and current role (if any). Please also include a brief statement as to why you would like to be our manager, together with any other information that may be relevant. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Due to the volume of applicants we have received for this role in the past, we may not be able to reply to every application but will endeavour to do so. All candidates selected for interview will be notified by email. There is no closing date for applications, but due to the need to appoint the new manager quickly, we will close the advert as soon as enough applications are received and so you are advised to apply as soon as possible if you are interested. Candidates should be available for interview at short notice.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

The email address to send applications to is armthorpe.welfare@hotmail.co.uk.

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Johnston steps down as Armthorpe boss

23rd August, 2016

Armthorpe Welfare have announced that Brian Johnston has resigned as manager of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club.

It came after Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to Maltby Main, a result which left the side bottom of the table having lost their three games so far this season without scoring a goal.

And the club, who have also denied rumours that it is in danger of folding, have paid tribute to Johnston who joined them as assistant manager to Leo Fortune-West in 2012 before taking the manager’s job permanently for the start of the 2013/14 season.

A statement said: "In his three seasons as manager under challenging circumstances, he guided the team to eighteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth placed finishes, each time avoiding relegation.

"It may not look impressive on paper but, when things are put into context, Brian has done an incredible job maintaining our Premier Division status while the standard of the league increases every year.

"He has single-handedly had to manage the playing side including training, organising players, warm ups, matchdays whilst recruiting and retaining players with zero budget when some clubs are paying hundreds of pounds out on player wages every week.

"His assistant managers haven't stuck around too often making his job that bit harder, relying on senior players to help him.

"The job has taken its toll on Brian and has finally become too much to handle, especially when he has had extra pressure in his personal life recently.

"It was clear to see that Brian was becoming unhappy in his role and found it hard to find any enthusiasm, especially when we have had our worse start to a season in a long time.

"Therefore, in consultation with the committee, he has decided it is in his own and in the club’s best interests that he resign.

"Brian is an all round good bloke and to see him gradually becoming more and more deflated was not nice.

"He has had a number of loyal players at the club who will be sad to see him go, and the committee and our supporters will also be sad that he has had to resign.

"However, it may just take something as drastic as this to try and turn our fortunes around and the time may be right for the change.

"It is business as usual at the club, and despite certain rumours circulating around the internet, there is no danger of the club folding.

"We will have no problem fulfilling our fixtures and assistant manager Tony Wigfull has been appointed caretaker manager, and will continue in the role until an emergency committee meeting is held to decide our next steps.

"Armthorpe Welfare would like to publicly place on record our sincere gratitude to Brian for the tireless hard work he has had to put in over the last three years.

"We are extremely grateful as he has worked with such an understanding attitude and his legacy will be the stability he brought to the club following the resignation of long serving manager Des Bennett, that was quickly followed by Fortune-West before he had even been in the job a year.

"Brian will also be proud of the development of Joe Lumsden (now Stocksbridge Park Steels) and Jay Rollins (now Boston United) during his tenure.

"We hope Brian can go back to enjoying football again and leaves the club on good terms knowing he will be welcome at Church Street any time."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

New assistant boss at Armthorpe

31st July, 2016

Armthorpe Welfare have announced that Tony Wigfull is the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club's new assistant manager.

A club spokesperson said: "Tony began work a couple of weeks ago and is working hard alongside manager Brian Johnston to get the squad ready for the new season."

Wigfull began his career at Chesterfield before going on to spend eighteen years in the semi-professional game representing clubs at Northern Counties East League, Northern Premier League and Football Conference levels.

He has been an U19 and U21 coach in the professional game for twenty years and has most recently spent thirteen years as a national academy scout at Sheffield United.

Welfare begin their 2016/17 season with an FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie at home to fellow Premier Division side Handsworth Parramore on Saturday.

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)


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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