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1,000 up for Marshall

27th March, 2022

Garforth Town boss Paul Marshall celebrated his 1,000th game in management on Saturday and has told Non League Yorkshire that he has no intention of retiring soon.

His managerial career began in the mid-1990s with Harrogate Town before a move to neighbours Harrogate Railway Athletic that proved very fruitful, including a memorable FA Cup Second Round tie with Bristol City in 2002.

Marshall has also enjoyed success with Goole AFC, Tadcaster Albion and Pickering Town, whilst his current side are involved in an exciting chase for the second possible promotion spot in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division.

When asked about his continuing motivation after such a long time, he said: "It is such a difficult question because sometimes when I’m stood there and it is pouring down and windy, you’re thinking 'What am I doing stood on a sideline at 60-year-old?'

"But you take inspiration from Steve Bruce, Roy Hodgson, all these managers who don’t need the money.

"They come back into it because they love the game and I think that is what it is with me.

"I just love the game and love talking about football and improving players and clubs.

"I’ve improved most clubs I’ve been at so I enjoy creating a winning mentality at clubs.

"The goal here at Garforth is to try and finish second, that’s the short-term goal.

"The long-term goal is to try and improve the club which we have done in the last two years.

"I’m quite happy here and I think (the owners) Brian (Close) and Craig (Bannister) are happy for me to do it again next season – not that we have discussed it yet."

Marshall's milestone was reached with a 1-1 home draw with Penistone Church, a last minute equaliser securing a point that keeps them in the chase for a top two finish.

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(Story Source: Non League Yorkshire)

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