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Former Bolsover boss back at club

21st February, 2018

The former manager of Toolstation NCEL Division One club FC Bolsover Andy Bridgewater has returned to become its head of development of football.

He stepped down from the role in October but, after meeting with club chairman Ben Thomas, he has agreed to offer his services to the Langwith Road side and has joined its committee.

FC Bolsover are currently nineteenth in Division One, five points away from the bottom two, and picked up what was a vital 1-0 home win on Saturday over another side battling hard to avoid relegation, Brigg Town.

A statement on the club's website said: "Andy wanted to come in and help his hometown club do all they can to survive the drop.

"The club is dear to his heart and he has made his intentions clear to Bolsover."

His role will involve helping with sponsorship, marketing and the general running of the club and he will liaise with management duo Adam Velente and Michael Bohan on a weekly basis.

The statement continued: "The response has been great from everyone involved with the club. Adam and Michael have welcomed his support. Everyone wants to genuinely do well and turn things around for Bolsover. Everyone is in it for the right reasons.

"The players have been fantastic! Turning up week in week out since the club went into a disastrous period. The club went through some dark days recently, Campion away [with an 11-1 defeat] being the worst!

"But, after a positive result last Saturday and with Andy joining the club, Bolsover hope to have more better days than worse until the end of the season."

(Story Source: FC Bolsover)

Ledger and Valente take charge at Bolsover

24th November, 2017

FC Bolsover have announced that Dean Ledger and Adam Valente will be joint managers of the Toolstation NCEL Division One side for the rest of the 2017/18 season.

Ledger had been in temporary charge since previous boss Andy Bridgewater stepped down in mid-October whilst Valente had most recently been in the NCEL as a goalkeeper at Worksop Town and Retford United.

Chairman Benjamin Thomas told the club's website: "After talking with several potential candidates, Dean and Adam's commitment and dedication led the board to this decision.

"Dean knows the club and the nucleus of players very well having been a part of the back-room staff previously. Dean knows what needs to be corrected and is working tremendously hard to bring back success to Bolsover.

"Adam is a well-known character within the NCEL. His charisma and eagerness impressed us all and, above all, he wanted to come in and work with the bunch we have.

"He has a following of players that he can potentially call to. However, he wants to give the lads an honest chance to show their worth."

Ledger added: "I am very happy to have landed this role. Our season starts from now.

"The lads can turn this around with us altogether as one! I want to build and build.

"We all know what we need to do and thatís remain an NCEL side next season. I believe that me and Adam can put us on the correct track again and start putting results on the board."

Valente agreed, saying: "Likewise, I am itching to get going and to start working alongside Dean.

"We both share the same ideas which was such a big factor when we met for the first time.

"I believe in the vision the board explained to me and I knew that this was the place for me to lay the foundations down in my managerial career.

"I am hoping that my experience in football will help us climb the table.

"It was great meeting the lads this week! I am looking forward to being a part of FC Bolsover which has so much potential."

Simon Dye remains part of the coaching set-up, looking after the goalkeepers, whilst Josh Thomas returns to playing having been helping out through the interim period.

Jonney Rushby, who had been assistant boss under Bridgewater, has left the club who have wished him all the best in the future.

The new management team will be in charge of Saturday's crucial home clash with fellow bottom-four side Nostell Miners Welfare.

(Story Source: FC Bolsover)

Points deduction for FC Bolsover

12th November, 2017

FC Bolsover have been deducted six points for fielding a suspended player during two Toolstation NCEL Division One matches towards the start of the season.

The two games involved were the 2-0 home victory against Winterton Rangers on Wednesday 23rd August, 2017, and the 5-0 win over Swallownest at Langwith Road three days later.

In accordance with League Rule 6.9, the club will be deducted the points accrued in those two matches and fined £50.

With the period of appeal now over, the points deduction will take place with immediate effect.

Bridgewater resigns as Bolsover boss

10th October, 2017

FC Bolsover have revealed that manager Andy Bridgewater has stepped down after feeling that his position had become "untenable with certain factions within the club."

He resigned after last Tuesday's Derbyshire Senior Cup First Round defeat against landlords Shirebrook Town where Bolsover led with two minutes remaining but ended up losing 2-1.

The club have announced Bridgewater's departure "with great sadness", adding: "He felt that he couldnít move forward at this point in time with Bolsover and, for the best interests of the club, decided to walk away.

"We would like to go on record and thank Andy for picking up the club with no team in place during pre-season and giving us a fantastic start to our NCEL campaign - his efforts have been tremendous and everything he did was for the club and the players.

"Andy is always welcome here at Bolsover and Iím sure we will see his face at the games again supporting his home town team. We all wish Andy the very best going forward and we know he will reciprocate that."

Dean Ledger has stepped up from assistant manager to become interim boss, Josh Thomas and Jonney Rushby will assist whilst Simon Dye stays on as player-coach.

The club statement continued: "After some positive conversations, the board feel that Dean will continue Andy's good work for the clubís immediate future.

"Dean took the team to Knaresborough Town [on Saturday] where we were beaten 4-0. However, since his appointment [on Monday], the hard work starts from now.

"We will look to get a reaction against Retford United this Saturday."

(Story Source: FC Bolsover)