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Pewits to change name to Emley AFC

19th March, 2019

AFC Emley have announced they have secured FA, County FA and league approval to change the Toolstation NCEL Division One club’s name to Emley AFC as of the start of next season.

A statement, released at 7:03pm on Tuesday 19th March, 2019, to coincide with the year that the first club with that name was born, said: "Many in football will see this as a case of changing back to Emley AFC.

"The original Emley AFC was formed in 1903 and played in the West Yorkshire village until the club's ill-fated move to Wakefield which also meant the original name of the club was eventually lost, until now.

"AFC Emley was formed in 2005 to keep football in the village of Emley in the name of Emley.

"With the demise of the Wakefield club five years ago, the club’s current committee felt that sufficient time had passed to reclaim the club’s heritage and it is time to put the name Emley AFC back on the footballing map.

"They were successful in Yorkshire non-league football over the years, winning several championships but were perhaps most famous for their run to the third round of the FA Cup in 1998 which saw them playing at West Ham United."

Club chairman Nigel Wakefield commented: "We’re immensely proud of the original club’s achievements.

"For many those are considered our achievements but, regardless of the history books, they are integral to the current club’s heritage."

Mr Wakefield continued: "Our home ground and our reputation were forged by the many people that moved the club up the leagues from 1903 until the move out of the village.

"I can think of no more fitting way to honour all those that have gone before us than reinstating that famous name."

Club members present at an EGM on Saturday unanimously sanctioned the change which will be made in time for season 2019/20.

Alongside the name change comes the launch of a new premium membership scheme, the 1903 Platinum Club for individuals and businesses interested in supporting the club in the next phase of their history.

To enquire about becoming a founder member, contact Tony Worthington on tony@afcemley.co.uk or call 07977 074745.

(Story Source: AFC Emley)

Adams confirmed until end of season

10th January, 2019

Marlon Adams has been confirmed as AFC Emley manager until the end of the season.

He had been put in temporary charge last week after Joe Howson's twenty-month spell at the helm of the Pewits came to an end on New Year's Day.

And, after a management committee meeting on Tuesday to discuss the next step in appointing a new boss, it has been announced that Adams will remain in the role for the rest of the 2018/19 campaign and he will continue to be supported in the dug out by head coach Darren Hepworth.

Chairman Nigel Wakefield told the club's website on Wednesday evening: "We believe Marlon and Darren are the right team to get us to the end of the season and cement our position in the NCEL Division One."

The Pewits say there will be no further public comment on the first team manager’s position until the end of the season.

Their next match is at home this Saturday against Rossington Main as they look to move up from their current fifteenth position in the table and increase the gap with the relegation zone that currently stands at six points.

(Story Source: AFC Emley)

Caretaker role for Adams at Emley

2nd January, 2019

AFC Emley's management committee will meet next Tuesday (8th) to discuss the next step in appointing a new boss after Joe Howson left by mutual consent on New Year's Day.

In the meantime, coach Marlon Adams will be in charge on a caretaker basis, overseeing training this week before managing the team at their Toolstation NCEL Division One match at Hallam on Saturday.

He will be joined in the dugout by former boss Darren Hepworth who will be his head coach.

The club say a further update on the managerial situation will be announced following the committee's meeting as the Pewits, who are currently in fifteenth spot in the table and are seven points above the relegation zone, look to put more daylight between themselves and the bottom two.

Howson leaves Pewits by mutual consent

1st January, 2019

AFC Emley have announced that Joe Howson has left his post as the club's first team manager by mutual consent.

The Pewits find themselves in fifteenth spot in Toolstation NCEL Division One after a disappointing December where they picked up just one point from the twelve on offer with the latest match ending in a 4-1 home defeat on Saturday at the hands of Ollerton Town.

Howson, who had been in the role since May 2017, made his way up through the ranks having previously guided the club's Development Squad to league and County Cup glory before he became the first team's assistant boss and then took over the main job from Darren Hepworth at the end of the 2016/17 season.

AFC Emley chairman Nigel Wakefield said: "There’s a huge amount of respect and goodwill for Joe across the club and we give thanks to him for his efforts over the past season and a half.

"Last season was a difficult one and Joe steadied the ship through a transitional season.

"We all expected to be able to push on and improve this time around but that hasn’t happened so this allows us to make a change to try and improve results."

Howson's assistant James Mahoney has also left the club who say a further statement about the managerial situtation will be made in due course.

(Story Source: AFC Emley)