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Thackley promote from within

17th January, 2018

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Thackley have announced that current players Mike Garrod and Pat McGuire will be the new Dennyboys management team.

They replace Chris Reape and Andy Patterson who stepped down on Tuesday due to personal reasons and work commitments whilst teammate Joe Brown, who is currently injured, will join them in the dugout as first team coach.

A statement on the club's website said: "Mike is a highly respected player and coach who currently works with the academy set up at Guiseley while Pat has a wealth of experience around the non-league scene and played professionally at Bradford City.

"They are joined by Joe Brown who also played professional football at Bradford City.

"We look forward to a new era under this youthful set up and we are confident that they are the right team to take the club forward."

Their first game in charge will be the home match with Penistone Church in the Premier Division on Saturday.

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Management duo step down at Thackley

16th January, 2018

Thackley have announced that manager Chris Reape and his assistant Andy Patterson have resigned from their roles at the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club.

The Dennyboys explained on Twitter on Tuesday morning that the duo had stepped down due to personal reasons and work commitments.

A club statement said: "The club wish to put on record their appreciation and thanks for what they have done since taking over the reins at a time when the club was struggling both on and off the field.

"They guided the team out of the doldrums and last year achieved a record number of points in the league.

"Along the way, we have enjoyed many memorable moments and they will be sorely missed.

"We respect their decision and wish them both the very best in all they do in the future.

"They are very welcome back at Dennyfield at any time."

Thackley are currently eighteenth in the table, four points above the relegation zone, and are next in action on Saturday when they are at home to Penistone Church in the Premier Division.

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June Willingham funeral details

12th January, 2018

The funeral of Thackley stalwart June Willingham will take place at the end of the month, it has been announced.

June was a familiar face to everyone in the NCEL as she had been a major part of the club that has spent all of its time in the Premier Division since the competition was formed in 1982.

The Dennyboys announced her passing aged 70 after a long battle with illness at the start of January, sparking a flood of tributes from clubs, supporters and officials.

A minute's silence was observed by clubs across the league at the weekend to honour her as well as former NCEL president Frank Catt and referee David Fields.

June's funeral will take place at Nab Wood crematorium in Shipley, Bradford, on Thursday 25th January, 2018, at 12:40pm.

Tributes paid to June Willingham

2nd January, 2018

The management board of the Toolstation NCEL would like to send its deepest condolences to Thackley AFC after it learned of the passing of June Willingham.

The Dennyboys broke the news on their Twitter account on Tuesday evening, saying: "Itís with great sadness that the club announces the death of June Willingham after a long battle with illness.

"Those who know the club will know that June has been key part of the club for many years.

"Our thoughts are with her husband Stewart, children Jen and David and family."

June, along with husband Stewart, was one of the league's most recognisable faces having been at the Dennyfield club since the 1970s.

They helped to transform Thackley into a side that has been a permanent fixture in the Premier Division from the competition's inception in 1982 to the present day.

And, they were also part of making Thackley one of the friendliest clubs to visit with the league always receiving compliments from other teams at their delight of making the trip to Ainsbury Avenue.

All at the NCEL's thoughts and prayers are with Stewart, their family and friends, and everyone involved at Thackley AFC at this very difficult time.

Fundraising begins to help injured player

15th December, 2017

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Thackley are appealing for donations to help one of their players who suffered a bad injury last month.

Jamie Underdown has undergone the first of many operations to reconstruct one of his knees following a tackle during the second half of their league match at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Saturday 11th November, 2017.

His anterior cruciate and lateral cruciate ligaments were completely severed whilst his posterior cruciate ligament was badly ruptured and his kneecap was dislocated.

The priority now is restoring full movement to enable Jamie to walk again but, to achieve this, it is expected that he will require treatment for up to eighteen months and he has been told that a return to playing football ever again should be considered a bonus.

The club has set up a JustGiving page to help with the costs of Jamie's treatment and equipment to help with his mobility. Click here to go there.

Secretary Mick Lodge said on Thackley's website: "The club are committed to doing all it can to help Jamie in his recovery and therefore we would ask that anyone who is able to donate, no matter how small, please do as it will go to a very worthy cause and help one of our players on his road to recovery.

"Finally, on behalf of everyone at Thackley AFC, we wish Jamie all the best for a speedy recovery."

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