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Watts Named as Shirebrook Boss

15th May, 2013

Shirebrook Town have announced that Julian Watts, who yesterday stepped down as boss at Baris NCEL Division One rivals Hallam, is their new first team manager.

Joining him at Langwith Road as player/assistants will be ex-Rainworth Miners Welfare duo Mark Camm and Danny Bacon, both of who are keen to get into the coaching side of the game. All three have had professional careers in English football.

42-year-old Julian Watts was probably best known as a player for Luton Town.

A defender, he started out with Rotherham United as an apprentice, but after only two years in the first team he moved on to Sheffield Wednesday.

Watts left the Owls four years later, after only 18 league appearances, to play for Leicester City, but this move didn't work out either and he wore the colours of five more teams before he arrived at Luton Town on loan in 1999. The move clearly suited Watts, as he became a first team regular, and made 67 league appearances in two seasons.

At the end of the 2000–2001, he decided to join Australian club Northern Spirit, where he played until 2004, when the club folded.

Now retired from playing in the professional game, he returned to England to set up a business in Worksop.

In September 2010 he was appointed assistant manager of NCEL Premier Division side Maltby Main before joining Shirebrook’s NCEL Division One rivals Hallam as manager in January 2011.

Watts said today: “I’m really happy to be joining a local club that’s on the up, and I have been very impressed with Club President James Doody’s vision for Shirebrook over the next five years.”

32-year-old Mansfield-born Mark Camm started his playing career at Sheffield United after being promoted to the club’s first team squad at the start of the 1997-1998 campaign.

He signed for Lincoln City in August 2000, where he was mainly used as a covering midfielder, and he played just under 40 times for the club in four seasons.

Camm joined Gainsborough Trinity on loan in February 2003, before finally leaving The Imps in January 2004 to join King’s Lynn.

Further moves took him to Boston United, Worksop Town and Frickley Athletic, from where he went to Rainworth on loan.

Camm then had a spell at Belper Town before re-joining Rainworth on a permanent basis last campaign.

32-year-old Danny Bacon began his playing career with Mansfield Town, his home club.

A striker, he then had a two-year spell with Hucknall Town.

In May 2005, Bacon secured a move back to the professional ranks, agreeing a one-year deal with Lincoln City, but he struggled to break into the first team, making just two substitute appearances, and in September 2005 he was allowed to join Burton Albion on loan.

However, injury struck in only his fifth game when he fractured his fibula in a game against Aldershot and the break kept him out of the squad for six months.

Given the number 10 shirt at Sincil Bank by Keith Alexander for the 2006–2007 season, he made his first start in the opening fixture at Notts County, but Bacon’s injury jinx hit again as he first suffered a nasty facial cut and then injured his ankle.

After recovery and a spell out on loan at Worksop Town, Bacon left The Imps in January 2007 to sign for Hednesford Town, before further moves took him back to Hucknall Town and then Worksop Town, before signing for Rainworth.

(Story Source: Shirebrook Town)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Scarborough Athletic 42 99 80
2 Brighouse Town 42 97 60
3 Bridlington Town 42 95 83
4 Retford United 42 78 26
5 Pickering Town 42 77 40
6 Tadcaster Albion 42 77 24
7 Worksop Parramore 42 72 20
8 Barton Town Old Boys 42 69 13
9 Parkgate 42 66 20
10 Thackley 42 62 11
11 Heanor Town 42 58 0
12 Long Eaton United 42 57 -4
13 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 54 -13
14 Maltby Main 42 48 -13
15 Liversedge 42 45 -13
16 Glasshoughton Welfare (-1) 42 45 -22
R Arnold Town (-3) 42 42 -28
18 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 38 -51
19 Winterton Rangers 42 34 -34
20 Armthorpe Welfare 42 32 -43
21 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 42 28 -94
R Hall Road Rangers 42 26 -62
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Albion Sports 42 92 79
P Athersley Recreation 42 85 49
3 Louth Town 42 80 29
4 Cleethorpes Town 42 79 45
5 Pontefract Collieries 42 78 38
6 Shirebrook Town 42 77 27
7 AFC Emley 42 75 55
8 Knaresborough Town 42 75 26
9 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 72 28
10 Teversal 42 65 29
11 Clipstone Welfare 42 57 -1
12 Hallam 42 56 4
13 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 56 -12
14 Eccleshill United 42 55 12
15 Bottesford Town (-1) 42 50 -11
16 Selby Town 42 46 -25
17 Grimsby Borough 42 45 -20
18 Rossington Main 42 39 -48
19 Dinnington Town 42 37 -44
20 Appleby Frodingham 42 34 -69
21 Yorkshire Amateur 42 29 -65
R Askern Villa 42 23 -126

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