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Chairman and management team leave Sports

3rd June, 2020

Albion Sports have announced the departure of chairman Jaj Singh, manager John Francis and assistant boss Gurbinder Johal.

The Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side said in a statement that they "reluctantly announce" that the trio "have all decided to leave their respective positions with immediate effect."

It continued: "Although the news comes as a shock, the club fully respect their decisions.

"Albion Sports FC would like to place on record our appreciation to Jaj and family for the loyalty and all round contribution over the last 25 years.

"Also, a huge thank you to the management team of John and Gurbinder for their commitment and contribution during their time at the club.

"We wish them all the very best with whatever the future holds.

"However, life goes on and none of the above will affect the status nor direction of the first team as we gear up for 2020/21 season in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

"Further announcements will be made in the coming days as we start our new journey into the future."

(Story Source: Albion Sports)

Manager's 35 years in charge ends at the Lions

27th July, 2019

Albion Sports have unveiled John Francis after their new manager following the news that Kulwinder Sandhu had stepped down as boss after 35 years in the dugout for the Lions.

The Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club made the announcement on Friday and paid tribute to the man who had been in charge since the mid-1980s.

A statement read: "Albion Sports would like to announce that former professional footballer and highly respected UEFA A Licensed coach John Francis has been unveiled as the new manager of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side, bringing with him an array of expertise.

"Club chairman Jaj Singh said: 'We are delighted to welcome John onto the team. He shares our ethos and motivation to elevate the club and players higher. I believe his background in football provides him with the best preparation to fulfil our shared goals.

"'Albion Sports have a lot more to offer and great ambitions for the club's coming years; I am very much looking forward to John being part of this. He will add to the variety of talent already within the club and we can collectively work towards our exciting future.'

"Francis spoke of his appointment: 'I am honoured to take over from Kulwinder and hope I can contribute to the club as much as he has done over his years of service. Albion Sports have a fantastic team with a multitude of talent, I cannot wait to add to the club and be part of its future growth.'

"Albion Sports is of course sad to lose such a valuable manager in Kulwinder Sandhu, but respect his decision to step down. His 35 years of dedicated servce make him the longest serving football manager in the country; the club is deeply grateful for everything he has contributed. We thank him for being such a brilliant role model with deep gratitude, and look forward to continually working with him, as Kulwinder will remain within the club holding a position on the club's committee.

"Club chairman Jaj Singh expressed his appreciation for Kulwinder's service in saying: 'Kulwinder is an upstanding member of not only the club but the wider community, he acts with great dedication in all his does and I am thankful for his work as a manager. I look forward to working with him in future on the club's committee.'

"Co-founder and present club treasurer Jasvinder Singh Basi wrote: 'Kulwinder is one of the most positive and approachable people I have ever met. His consistent hard work has allowed the club to flourish to what it is today and we are deeply indebted to him for his contributions.'

"Club captain Sam Denton stated: 'The players are genuinely saddened at losing Kulwinder as manager, but will never lose their close friendship and respect for him. They are also keenly awaiting Francis as their new manager as he has already been coaching the team for the last eighteen months and has formed a great bond with the players.'"

(Story Source: Albion Sports)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Staveley MW 26 55 33
2 Liversedge 24 53 38
3 Yorkshire Amateur 26 53 33
4 Penistone Church 28 53 26
5 Bridlington Town 25 48 19
6 Hemsworth MW 28 45 11
7 Maltby Main 28 43 -2
8 Garforth Town 28 41 -4
9 Grimsby Borough 26 40 6
10 Silsden 28 37 -5
11 Barton Town 27 36 0
12 Eccleshill United 25 35 2
13 Knaresborough 25 32 3
14 Thackley 26 32 -5
15 Handsworth 23 30 -16
16 AFC Mansfield 26 28 -10
17 Goole AFC 28 25 -21
18 Bottesford Town 27 23 -28
19 Albion Sports 25 22 -16
20 Athersley Rec 27 12 -64
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
1 Winterton Rangers 27 59 24
2 Skegness Town 26 58 39
3 Selby Town 25 56 46
4 North Ferriby 26 52 28
5 Campion 24 48 30
6 Retford FC 28 44 6
7 Glasshoughton Welfare 26 43 11
8 Hallam 23 37 11
9 Swallownest 25 37 1
10 Nostell MW 25 35 13
11 Dronfield Town 25 35 7
12 Armthorpe Welfare 28 34 -8
13 Parkgate 25 34 -16
14 Rossington Main 26 31 -6
15 Brigg Town 30 30 -19
16 Ollerton Town 26 28 2
17 Hall Road Rangers 24 28 -8
18 Worsbrough Bridge 24 23 -10
19 Harrogate Railway Ath 25 16 -35
20 East Hull 26 1 -116

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