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Potter is new Rec boss

3rd September, 2017

Following the interview process for the vacant managerial post at Athersley Recreation, the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side have unveiled Luke Potter as their new first team boss.

The club's directors made the appointment on Sunday afternoon, saying in a statement: "Luke comes with a good footballing background and has been assistant manager at Ossett Albion for four years and wants to take the next step up to manager.

"He is currently working at Barnsley FC Academy with the under 13s and has assured the board that this will in no way interfere with his appointment at Athersley.

"We have had a good response from interested parties for the job with some quality managers/coaches applying.

"We would like to thank all the unsuccessful applicants for their interest in the post and wish them well for the future.

"We hope that all the members of our club give a warm Rec welcome to Luke and help him settle in to his new role as quickly as possible."

Potter's first game in charge will be their home league clash with Bridlington Town on Saturday (6th).

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Search starts for new Rec boss

30th August, 2017

Athersley Recreation are inviting applications for the vacant manager's role following the departure of Wayne Thompson and Neville Hunt earlier this week.

Interested applicants have until 5pm on Friday 1st September, 2017 to forward their CVs to secretary Mr Peter Goodlad at petegoodlad@yahoo.co.uk or, for more information, telephone 07910 121070.

The club's board will be looking to make an appointment as swiftly as possible, therefore any applicants should be aware that they are proposing to hold interviews as early as Sunday 3rd September, 2017, so a manager is in place from Monday 4th September to prepare for the Bridlington game on the 6th. The interviews will be held at Sheerien Park.

Once all applications have been received, the board will draw up a shortlist of the candidates that are of interest and arrange interviews accordingly.

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Thompson and Hunt leave Athersley

28th August, 2017

Athersley Recreation have announced that their management duo, Wayne Thompson and Nev Hunt, have been "relieved of their duties with immediate effect".

The decision was made at a board meeting on Monday - the Rec are currently seventeenth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division table having picked up four points from their six league games so far, the latest match a 3-0 home loss to Maltby Main on Saturday.

Director Alan Richardson said in a statement: "Although early in the season, Athersley have lost five of their first seven competitive games, shipping seven goals in their last two.

"And, the board felt that, in order to try and give any replacements the best opportunity of getting the club back on track, it was best that the decision was made sooner rather than later.

"The board would like to thank Wayne for his contribution and commitment to the club over the past two years - the same goes for Nev who joined as Wayne’s number two at the beginning of the season.

"In the interim, Peter Goodlad will assume team manager responsibilities with first team coach Kevan Locke as his assistant until such times as a replacement is appointed.

"We would like to wish both Wayne and Nev all the best for the future."

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Hunt over for new Rec assistant boss

10th July, 2017

Athersley Recreation have announced that Neville Hunt is the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club's new assistant manager.

Hunt, who was formerly first team coach at league rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare, will team up with manager Wayne Thompson on Wednesday for the Rec's first pre-season friendly versus Frickley Athletic at Sheerien Park.

A statement from the club said: "The board have acted quickly after the decision to step down of former manager Sean Margison last week.

"The board would like to thank all the people who applied for the post and to wish all those who were unsuccessful all the best for the future."

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Deadline looming for Rec assistant boss post

4th July, 2017

Those interested in applying for the vacant assistant manager's role at Athersley Recreation are being reminded that they have only until the end of this weekend to register their interest.

The Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side are looking for a successor to Wayne Thompson who is now boss following the departure of Sean Margison at the weekend.

Anyone wanting to put themselves forward 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 has been extended slightly to Sunday 9th July, 2017, at 5pm.

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Rec to host Shaw Lane games

3rd July, 2017

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Athersley Recreation will be sharing their ground with Evo-Stik League outfit Shaw Lane for the 2017/18 season, it has been announced today.

Both teams will play their home games at the Rec's Sheerien Park for the upcoming campaign and, as Shaw Lane are based in a higher-ranked competition, their matches will have priority when it comes to the scheduling of fixtures.

Meanwhile, the NCEL anticipates that it will be releasing its fixture list in mid to late July after the leagues above us have released theirs due to ground sharing issues such as the one involving Athersley Recreation.

Once a precise date is known, we will announce it on our website and on Twitter.

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.

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