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Parkgate's new signings take in Premier Division match

19th April, 2018

Despite the disappointment in a 1-0 home defeat to Staveley Miners Welfare on Monday, Parkgate welcomed 22 new players and supporters to their growing family.

The Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side has linked up with Social Eyes, Rotherham, and the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust to form a new team for adults with moderate learning disabilities and autism.

And, the new recruits ran the rule over the facilities at Roundwood before watching the first half of the game between the Steelmen and the Trojans, a vital match in the home side's battle to stay in the top flight.

Welcomed by Parkgate chairman Albert Dudill, the guests took advantage of a few photo opportunities before walking onto the pitch with both teams, then taking part in the pre-match handshakes.

They then gave the team in red loud backing from behind the goal - it was not quite enough, on this occasion at least, to get Billy Foxs team over the line but it wont be long before they are back at Green Lane.

Social Eyes Manager and Millers supporter Claire Hobson thought that, result aside, the evening was a great success: "We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening - shame about the score line - and I know the service users will be so excited about their experience."

The team has applied for grant support from the FAs Grow the Game funding and will use the facilities at Green Lane for training where they will be coached by Rotherham Uniteds Jack Pitchford.

Parkgate have also thanked the players, management and committee from Staveley Miners Welfare for their help in making the visit such a success.

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Whittington joins Parkgate coaching staff

21st January, 2018

Parkgate striker Lee Whittington has taken on a player-coach role as the club battles for Toolstation NCEL Premier Division survival.

The frontman, who had previously been in the league at Handsworth Parramore and Staveley Miners Welfare, joined the Green Lane club earlier this month as new boss Billy Fox looks to guide the Steelmen out of the bottom two of the table.

Whittington takes over from Oliver Ryan who has had to stand down as coach with Fox telling the club's website that Ryan's "work commitments have made the coaching role here almost impossible for him, so this is a sensible move for both parties."

He added: "Wed like to thank Ollie for his contribution here at Parkgate, and wish him well for the future."

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Fox takes over at Parkgate

21st November, 2017

Parkgate will be hoping for stability after it was announced that Billy Fox would be taking over as the manager at the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division strugglers with immediate effect.

Fox, who was last in charge in the NCEL at Clipstone last season, is best known in the league for his achievements whilst in the dugout at Staveley Miners Welfare when they were Division One champions in the 2010/11 season and reached the FA Vase Semi-Finals in 2011/12.

And, his first job will be to get the Steelmen back on track after a turbulent month that has seen two managers - Graham Nicholas and Ross Shelton - resign and they have dropped into the bottom two of the table after a 6-0 home defeat to Thackley at the weekend.

Chairman Albert Dudill told the club's website: "Its been a hectic twenty-four hours or so since Ross Shelton stepped down on Saturday evening but Im delighted to welcome Billy to the club.

"He brings a wealth of footballing experience to Parkgate and Im hoping he can get us moving up the table.

"Id like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in the job, we had some high calibre applicants, and Id also like to thank all those people who offered to help us in any number of ways."

Fox will be assisted by former Parkgate defender and fans favourite Richard Haigh whilst Ollie Ryan, who most recently has been player/coach at Evo-Stik League side Sheffield, comes in as first team coach.

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Shelton steps down as Parkgate boss

19th November, 2017

Ross Shelton has resigned as manager of Parkgate, just seventeen days after he was given the role on a permanent basis at the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side.

The news came a couple of hours after a bruising 6-0 home defeat to Thackley, their eighth loss in a row in the league that saw them drop into the bottom two of the table.

A statement on Saturday night from the Steelmen said that Shelton stepped down following a meeting with chairman Albert Dudill after the match, adding: "The club would like to thank Ross for his efforts as manager and is as disappointed as Ross that recent results have not gone as well as both parties had hoped."

It has been a turbulent month for Parkgate, starting with Shelton taking temporary charge in mid-October after the club announced that then-boss Graham Nicholas would be taking a leave of absence for a few weeks.

Nicholas resigned a week later and Shelton was named his successor on the 1st of November with Keelan Hall coming in as his assistant the following day.

However, league defeats to Rainworth Miners Welfare, Athersley Recreation and then Thackley, along with an exit from the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup at home to Swallownest, led to Shelton's quick departure.

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Shelton names his assistant

2nd November, 2017

Parkgate's new manager Ross Shelton has unveiled who will be his assistant at the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club.

He told the club's website: "Im announcing that my assistant manager will be Keelan Hall.

"Keelan has a strong football background and is a well known figure around the Barnsley area.

"Keelan will bring, and offer, a lot to this club and we share how the game should be played and what needs to be done to take the club forward."

Shelton (pictured) was given the role of manager on a permanent basis on Wednesday after a spell in temporary charge at Green Lane and he is now preparing for Saturday's league game at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare.

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Shelton becomes permanent boss

1st November, 2017

Parkgate have announced that Ross Shelton, who has been in temporary charge at the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side since the middle of October, has become its manager on a permanent basis.

He took over when it was announced that then-boss Graham Nicholas was taking leave of absence for a few weeks before Nicholas stood down completely last Monday.

Twenty-seven-year-old Shelton began his playing career at sixteen with Sheffield Wednesday and, after a period at Scunthorpe United, started his NCEL football at Parkgate.

He then had spells at Garforth Town and Ossett Town before he returned to Roundwood last year.

Parkgate chairman Albert Dudill told the club's website: "We are delighted to confirm Ross as our new manager and are fully behind his efforts to get the team moving up the NCEL Premier Division table.

"I'd like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in the manager's job at Green Lane but, in reality, Ross was always our first choice."

Shelton's first game in full charge will be at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday.

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Nicholas resigns as Parkgate boss

23rd October, 2017

Graham Nicholas has stood down as manager of Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Parkgate.

The news comes just over a week after the Steelmen announced that Ross Shelton had taken over on a temporary basis due to Nicholas' work commitments.

In a statement on the club's website, Nicholas announced: "Following a conversation with chairman Albert Dudill, I have today decided to resign as the first team manager at Parkgate Football Club.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Parkgate FC and I would like to say a special thank you to both Albert Dudill and Bruce Bickerdike. Both have been very honest and extremely supportive.

"They have always been on hand to listen, offer support and show belief and confidence in me.

"When I was appointed last year, I was faced with a difficult task in keeping the club in the Premier Division.

"However, I have always had an excellent cohort of players whom I have relied on so when they agreed to sign I knew I would have the personnel and quality to help me make an impact and a real difference. I was absolutely delighted to keep them up.

"To lose so many players has hurt and a lot of time and energy is always spent on player recruitment. I have felt frustrated in not being able to coach players.

"When you have players playing Saturday and then Sunday, it affects you because they don't want to train because they want to rest in preparation for a midweek game. At times, this is very difficult for me to manage as I don't believe I am putting my qualities to the best of use.

"I would like to add that both Albert and Bruce have always made the pitch readily available for training as well as spending for facilities during the Winter months. They really have been fantastic to work under.

"I initially made the decision to take a break and concentrate on spending more time with my family, work and see how I felt.

"During that time, I feel several changes have been made in terms of players leaving and player recruitment which has ultimately made it difficult to return.

"Both Albert and I agreed that a fresh face and approach is needed in the best interests of Parkgate Football Club. Although I am sad to be leaving, I am now looking forward to spending quality time with my family.

"I would like to thank everyone associated with the club for their support and I do wish them all the very best in the future."

In response, chairman Albert Dudill said: "Parkgate FC would like to thank Graham for his services and contribution to the club over the past year, and we wish him and his family every success in the future.

"Ross Shelton will continue as first team acting manager until further notice."

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Shelton takes temporary charge

13th October, 2017

Parkgate assistant manager Ross Shelton will be in charge in the dugout of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side on a temporary basis.

Chairman Albert Dudhill has announced that, due to work commitments, Steelmen boss Graham Nicholas will be taking leave of absence for a few weeks.

27-year-old Ross began his playing career at sixteen with Sheffield Wednesday and, after a period at Scunthorpe United, began his NCEL career at Parkgate.

He then had spells at Garforth Town and Ossett Town before returning to Roundwood in 2016.

Shelton started Parkgates last home match with Garforth Town but is likely to concentrate on his management role in the coming weeks starting with Saturday's league trip to Staveley Miners Welfare.

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