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Management trio unveiled at Emley

30th April, 2019

AFC Emley have unveiled Mark Wilson and Richard Tracey as their new joint managers and they will be assisted by Steve Nicholson in the club's first season under a new name.

The Pewits, who will be called Emley AFC from the start of the 2019/20 campaign, were due to make the announcement on Wednesday morning but brought it forward to Tuesday afternoon after details were released by local media.

Chairman Nigel Wakefield said: "We had a huge number of applications for the manager's post. Many were highly credible candidates and we thank everyone for their interest.

"However, given the previous connections to the club, the pedigree and contacts as players, coaches and managers in this level and, more importantly higher, this was the obvious choice for me and the committee to make."

Mark Wilson has played over a thousand matches in the semi-professional game. He signed for the original Emley in 1995 and that spell included the famous visit to West Ham United in the FA Cup third round.

Wilson also played for a host of clubs from Frickley Athletic to the likes of Farsley Celtic, Harrogate Town, Worksop Town, Buxton and both Ossett Albion and Town. He also featured as an AFC Emley player in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He has also managed or coached at Evo-stik and NCEL level.

On his appointment, Wilson said: "Managing Emley is something I've talked about with friends in football for well over ten years and I'm incredibly happy it has now come about.

"I've played and coached all over the region, but this club has always felt like home. I hold the committee, volunteers and supporters here in such high regard, so I'm determined to make it a success for them as much as myself."

On working alongside Tracey and Nicholson, he added: "We got together to talk about it and it seemed the most natural thing in the world to work together.

"We've all either directly or indirectly been connected in football for decades and we also realised, as coaches, you've got a defender [Nicholson], midfielder [Wilson] and an attacker [Tracey] so we're well covered across the park."

Richard Tracey managed Ossett Albion for five years until 2018. Working on limited budgets, he reached a peak position of ninth and narrowly missing out on a play off place but collecting back-to-back "Club of the Month" awards.

A number of players coached by Richard at Albion went on to sign for clubs higher up the pyramid - including all the way to the Premier League.

Tracey himself played in the Football League for the likes of Rotherham United, Macclesfield Town and Carlisle United before entering non-league with teams such as Bradford Park Avenue, Ossett Town, Frickley Athletic and Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Tracey commented: "Growing up in Mirfield, there were two teams in Huddersfield - Town and Emley and I actually made my professional debut AGAINST Emley for Rotherham in the FA Cup at Oakwell.

"Emley is one of the only clubs that could tempt me back into management. With their heritage coupled with how well the current club is run I really consider them a sleeping giant."

Steve Nicholson started his career at Leeds United playing under Billy Bremner and Howard Wilkinson for six years. He signed for Emley in 1994, spending 10 years with the club and captained the side during the FA cup run to Upton Park in 1998.

Steve twice represented the England semi-pro team and toured the Far East with the prestigious Middlesex Wanderers squad.

Nicholson also played for Farsley Celtic, Worksop Town and more recently has been player/assistant manager at Ossett Albion and Ossett Town for the last five seasons.

Nicholson said: "The prestige of this club sells itself and when the opportunity came up, I knew this was the right time to get back to the Welfare Ground.

"Like Mark, wherever I've played or coached, there's still nowhere that compares to Emley. We all can't wait to get started."

Chairman Mr. Wakefield added: "The recently announced change of name to reflect our heritage and the appointment of a high calibre management team who are part of that history gives me great optimism for the future.

"This is an exciting time to be involved at Emley and I hope everyone in the area gives us their backing - through the turnstile as fans, getting involved as volunteers or supporting financially as sponsors."

(Story Source: AFC Emley)

Pewits to announce new management team

30th April, 2019

Toolstation NCEL Division One side AFC Emley will unveil their new management team on Wednesday after it was announced that caretaker boss Marlon Adams and his assistant Darren Hepworth had stepped down.

The pair were put in temporary charge in January and guided the Pewits to twelfth in the table, ending the season with a 2-1 victory at Harworth Colliery on Saturday.

Chairman Nigel Wakefield told the club's website: "We're hugely indebted to Marlon for stepping into the top job on a temporary basis.

"It was a difficult time to come in but, with help from Darren, he steadied the ship, improved performances and secured our status in the Northern Counties East League.

"We wish them all the very best for the future."

(Story Source: AFC Emley)

Pewits to change name to Emley AFC

19th March, 2019

AFC Emley have announced they have secured FA, County FA and league approval to change the Toolstation NCEL Division One club's name to Emley AFC as of the start of next season.

A statement, released at 7:03pm on Tuesday 19th March, 2019, to coincide with the year that the first club with that name was born, said: "Many in football will see this as a case of changing back to Emley AFC.

"The original Emley AFC was formed in 1903 and played in the West Yorkshire village until the club's ill-fated move to Wakefield which also meant the original name of the club was eventually lost, until now.

"AFC Emley was formed in 2005 to keep football in the village of Emley in the name of Emley.

"With the demise of the Wakefield club five years ago, the club's current committee felt that sufficient time had passed to reclaim the club's heritage and it is time to put the name Emley AFC back on the footballing map.

"They were successful in Yorkshire non-league football over the years, winning several championships but were perhaps most famous for their run to the third round of the FA Cup in 1998 which saw them playing at West Ham United."

Club chairman Nigel Wakefield commented: "We're immensely proud of the original club's achievements.

"For many those are considered our achievements but, regardless of the history books, they are integral to the current club's heritage."

Mr Wakefield continued: "Our home ground and our reputation were forged by the many people that moved the club up the leagues from 1903 until the move out of the village.

"I can think of no more fitting way to honour all those that have gone before us than reinstating that famous name."

Club members present at an EGM on Saturday unanimously sanctioned the change which will be made in time for season 2019/20.

Alongside the name change comes the launch of a new premium membership scheme, the 1903 Platinum Club for individuals and businesses interested in supporting the club in the next phase of their history.

To enquire about becoming a founder member, contact Tony Worthington on tony@afcemley.co.uk or call 07977 074745.

(Story Source: AFC Emley)

Adams confirmed until end of season

10th January, 2019

Marlon Adams has been confirmed as AFC Emley manager until the end of the season.

He had been put in temporary charge last week after Joe Howson's twenty-month spell at the helm of the Pewits came to an end on New Year's Day.

And, after a management committee meeting on Tuesday to discuss the next step in appointing a new boss, it has been announced that Adams will remain in the role for the rest of the 2018/19 campaign and he will continue to be supported in the dug out by head coach Darren Hepworth.

Chairman Nigel Wakefield told the club's website on Wednesday evening: "We believe Marlon and Darren are the right team to get us to the end of the season and cement our position in the NCEL Division One."

The Pewits say there will be no further public comment on the first team manager's position until the end of the season.

Their next match is at home this Saturday against Rossington Main as they look to move up from their current fifteenth position in the table and increase the gap with the relegation zone that currently stands at six points.

(Story Source: AFC Emley)

Caretaker role for Adams at Emley

2nd January, 2019

AFC Emley's management committee will meet next Tuesday (8th) to discuss the next step in appointing a new boss after Joe Howson left by mutual consent on New Year's Day.

In the meantime, coach Marlon Adams will be in charge on a caretaker basis, overseeing training this week before managing the team at their Toolstation NCEL Division One match at Hallam on Saturday.

He will be joined in the dugout by former boss Darren Hepworth who will be his head coach.

The club say a further update on the managerial situation will be announced following the committee's meeting as the Pewits, who are currently in fifteenth spot in the table and are seven points above the relegation zone, look to put more daylight between themselves and the bottom two.

Howson leaves Pewits by mutual consent

1st January, 2019

AFC Emley have announced that Joe Howson has left his post as the club's first team manager by mutual consent.

The Pewits find themselves in fifteenth spot in Toolstation NCEL Division One after a disappointing December where they picked up just one point from the twelve on offer with the latest match ending in a 4-1 home defeat on Saturday at the hands of Ollerton Town.

Howson, who had been in the role since May 2017, made his way up through the ranks having previously guided the club's Development Squad to league and County Cup glory before he became the first team's assistant boss and then took over the main job from Darren Hepworth at the end of the 2016/17 season.

AFC Emley chairman Nigel Wakefield said: "There's a huge amount of respect and goodwill for Joe across the club and we give thanks to him for his efforts over the past season and a half.

"Last season was a difficult one and Joe steadied the ship through a transitional season.

"We all expected to be able to push on and improve this time around but that hasn't happened so this allows us to make a change to try and improve results."

Howson's assistant James Mahoney has also left the club who say a further statement about the managerial situtation will be made in due course.

(Story Source: AFC Emley)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Worksop Town 38 90 55
2 Penistone Church 38 82 63
3 Bridlington Town 38 77 47
4 Hemsworth MW 38 75 38
5 Yorkshire Amateur 38 73 21
6 Maltby Main 38 68 29
7 Staveley MW 38 67 32
8 Handsworth Parr 38 63 3
9 Knaresborough 38 60 13
10 Eccleshill United 38 53 -6
11 Barton Town 38 52 3
12 Bottesford Town 38 52 -4
13 Liversedge 38 48 -24
14 Garforth Town 38 42 -8
15 Thackley 38 40 -10
16 Albion Sports 38 40 -22
17 Athersley Rec 38 31 -45
18 Goole AFC 38 23 -61
R 19 Harrogate Railway Ath 38 22 -59
R 20 Hall Road Rangers 38 20 -65
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Grimsby Borough 38 84 64
2 Campion 38 82 49
3 Hallam 38 76 45
4 Winterton Rangers 38 75 38
5 Nostell MW 38 74 39
6 Dronfield Town 38 67 17
7 Worsbrough Bridge 38 62 -1
8 Parkgate 38 61 8
9 Selby Town 38 57 6
10 Swallownest 38 52 -5
11 Glasshoughton Welfare 38 50 -15
12 AFC Emley 38 48 3
13 East Yorks Carnegie 38 44 -6
14 Rossington Main 38 42 -28
15 Skegness Town 38 40 -29
16 Ollerton Town 38 37 -25
17 Armthorpe Welfare 38 37 -31
18 Shirebrook Town 38 34 -28
19 FC Bolsover 38 31 -61
R 20 Harworth Colliery 38 29 -40

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