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Tributes paid to Paul Walden

3rd November, 2020

Grimsby Borough and Skegness Town have led tributes to their former manager Paul Walden following the very sad news that he has passed away.

Paul (pictured right) took charge of a number of Lincolnshire clubs over many years and, during one of three spells at Louth Town, he helped bring them up into the Toolstation NCEL in 2010 after successive promotions in the Central Midlands League.

Then, in his third spell there, he guided them to the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy final in 2015 before the club's withdrawal from the league that summer.

He then went on to manage Grimsby Borough, who said on Twitter: "All associated with Grimsby Borough are saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Walden.

"Wally was well known, respected and highly thought of within the local football community. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones."

Another of his clubs, Skegness Town, said on their website: "We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Skegness Town manager Paul Walden.

"Known to all as 'Wally', he was a well-known figure within the game and brought success to many of the clubs he was involved with."

And, NCEL secretary Matt Jones added his tribute on social media, saying: "Such sad news. Fantastic memories of my time at Louth Town with a brilliant team, inspired by this man."

All at the Toolstation NCEL would like to send our deepest thoughts and condolences to Paul's friends, family and all those who knew him at this most difficult time.

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Yorkshire Amateur 11 29 27
P 2 Bridlington Town 9 21 24
P 3 Liversedge 7 21 22
4 Garforth Town 9 21 10
5 Maltby Main 10 18 6
6 AFC Mansfield 9 17 17
7 Handsworth 12 17 -3
8 Grimsby Borough 10 16 6
9 Barton Town 11 14 -9
10 Albion Sports 9 13 0
11 Eccleshill United 11 13 -4
12 Penistone Church 7 12 6
13 Hemsworth MW 7 12 3
14 Goole AFC 11 11 -21
15 Silsden AFC 10 10 -6
16 Thackley 11 8 -11
17 Staveley MW 6 7 -1
18 Knaresborough 9 7 -9
19 Bottesford Town 11 4 -24
20 Athersley Rec 10 3 -33
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Emley AFC 10 26 18
2 Campion 11 24 17
P 3 Winterton Rangers 9 22 23
4 North Ferriby 10 22 11
5 Retford FC 13 21 6
6 Brigg Town 11 20 13
7 Rossington Main 12 18 5
P 8 Skegness Town 8 16 5
9 Parkgate 10 16 -2
10 Hall Road Rangers 10 14 -3
11 Hallam 8 13 4
12 Nostell MW 12 12 -8
13 Glasshoughton Welf 12 11 1
14 Armthorpe Welfare 12 11 -14
15 Swallownest 8 10 -1
16 Dronfield Town 11 10 -11
17 Harrogate Railway Ath 8 9 -9
18 East Hull 10 7 -23
19 Worsbrough Bridge 13 6 -21
20 Selby Town 6 3 -11

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