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Nicholas becomes new Rec manager

26th May, 2019

Athersley Recreation have announced that their new manager for the 2019/20 Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season will be former Garforth Town, Ossett Town and Parkgate boss Graham Nicholas.

Kevan Locke moves up from coach to become Nicholas' assistant whilst ex-Rec, Ossett Albion and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic player Shane Kelsey has come in to further bolster the management line-up.

Club secretary Peter Goodlad said: "I would like to thank all the people who applied for the job - seventeen in total - which shows how well the club is thought of in the football scene.

"After statements made earlier of how the club wish to proceed in the future, we thought this may have an effect on applications but we were astounded in the amount received and the quality. We wish all unsuccessful applicants all the best in the future.

"We are over the moon we have a management team who have all the qualities needed to put the spark back in this great club and all three are raring to go.

"They all know the club through and through and understand how we work with young players and the fantastic supporters and volunteers we have."

(Story Source: Athersley Recreation)

Rec begin search for new manager

7th May, 2019

Athersley Recreation are inviting applications to become their next manager after the resignation of Luke Potter and his assistant Rob Tonks earlier in the week due to work commitments.

Following a very long emergency board meeting on Monday, the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side's secretary Pete Goodlad released a statement that included news that first team coach Kevan Locke will be staying.

It continued: "The post of manager will be advertised immediately to give us time to put things in motion and to be ready for pre-season and the new season which will be upon us in no time.

"Last season, the club in its wisdom decided to have a player budget and it comes with financial implications, especially to a club who have ran for forty years with great success and a great family feeling.

"We have a well-run club and a great bunch of volunteers of whom many clubs would give their right arm, the ground is well maintained and kept at a good standard, and, although we have never been able to compete financially with other clubs, the Athersley spirit has always seen us through.

"The board have decided to go back to the old Athersley values of focussing on home grown talent, team spirit, comradery, and being a family club.

"Next season, we will go back to a win bonus where players have an incentive and have to earn it not just expect it.

"We know football has changed and has seen big budgets and players earning silly money so this may come at a cost but if we lose players through it or, God forbid, we get relegated then so be it and we build again.

"We need the help of everybody including the community and ex-players, supporters, sponsors and new volunteers.

"Myself and [vice president] Alan [Richardson] have built and invested in this club for over forty years and want it to be here for the next forty years but we are realistic where the club is financially and where our level is.

"I realise this may put some people off from applying for the post but we want someone for the right reasons.

"Next season, we want to have a reserve side again and will be having an under 19s so that the progression is in place.

"If, after reading this, you would still like to apply for the manager's post, please send your CV to petegoodlad@yahoo.co.uk.

"Closing date is Friday 17th May 2019 at 5pm."

(Story Source: Athersley Recreation)

Management team steps down at the Rec

4th May, 2019

Athersley Recreation have announced the resignation of their manager Luke Potter and his assistant Rob Tonks following the end of the 2018/19 Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season.

A statement released on Friday explained that the pair had stepped down due to changes in both of their work patterns and so they would not be able to commit to the role as required.

It continued: "We are sad to hear the news and would like to extend our gratitude to the work they did for the club.

"We would also like to wish them both all the very best for the future and I am sure we will be seeing them both down at Sheerien Park during the season as we remain good friends.

"A full club statement will follow once the board are in a position to do so."

(Story Source: Athersley Recreation)


NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Worksop TownWorksop Town 38 90 55
2 Penistone ChurchPenistone Church 38 82 63
3 Bridlington TownBridlington Town 38 77 47
4 Hemsworth Miners WelfareHemsworth MW 38 75 38
5 Yorkshire AmateurYorkshire Amateur 38 73 21
6 Maltby MainMaltby Main 38 68 29
7 Staveley Miners WelfareStaveley MW 38 67 32
8 Handsworth ParramoreHandsworth Parr 38 63 3
9 Knaresborough TownKnaresborough 38 60 13
10 Eccleshill UnitedEccleshill United 38 53 -6
11 Barton TownBarton Town 38 52 3
12 Bottesford TownBottesford Town 38 52 -4
13 LiversedgeLiversedge 38 48 -24
14 Garforth TownGarforth Town 38 42 -8
15 ThackleyThackley 38 40 -10
16 Albion SportsAlbion Sports 38 40 -22
17 Athersley RecreationAthersley Rec 38 31 -45
18 Goole AFCGoole AFC 38 23 -61
R 19 Harrogate Railway AthleticHarrogate RA 38 22 -59
R 20 Hall Road RangersHall Road Rangers 38 20 -65
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Grimsby BoroughGrimsby Borough 38 84 64
2 CampionCampion 38 82 49
3 HallamHallam 38 76 45
4 Winterton RangersWinterton Rangers 38 75 38
5 Nostell Miners WelfareNostell MW 38 74 39
6 Dronfield TownDronfield Town 38 67 17
7 Worsbrough Bridge AthleticWorsbrough Bridge 38 62 -1
8 ParkgateParkgate 38 61 8
9 Selby TownSelby Town 38 57 6
10 SwallownestSwallownest 38 52 -5
11 Glasshoughton WelfareGlasshoughton Welf 38 50 -15
12 AFC EmleyAFC Emley 38 48 3
13 East Yorkshire CarnegieEast Yorks Carnegie 38 44 -6
14 Rossington MainRossington Main 38 42 -28
15 Skegness TownSkegness Town 38 40 -29
16 Ollerton TownOllerton Town 38 37 -25
17 Armthorpe WelfareArmthorpe Welfare 38 37 -31
18 Shirebrook TownShirebrook Town 38 34 -28
19 FC BolsoverFC Bolsover 38 31 -61
R 20 Harworth CollieryHarworth Colliery 38 29 -40

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