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Kelsey to become Rec manager

23rd March, 2020

Athersley Recreation have announced that Shane Kelsey will move up from the playing squad to become the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club's manager at the start of next season.

The current campaign has been a disappointing one for the Rec who find themselves at the bottom of the table with decisions yet to be made as to how the season will finish due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

A statement released by the club's chairman Michael Shepherd said: "During the current uncertainty surrounding everyday life, not just in the UK but around the world, preparations still have to put in place for when things return to some sort of normality.

"With this in mind, over the last few weeks Athersley Recreation FC have been been putting plans in place for moving forward.

"Pete Goodlad who has been acting as interim manager will be standing down at the conclusion of the current season to enable him to fully concentrate on his role as general manager of the club.

"From the beginning of the start of the next football season, whenever that may be, the club are delighted to announce that Shane Kelsey has been appointed as first team manager, taking responsibility for all matters pertaining to the football playing side of the club.

"Having a wealth of experience in non-league football, as well as an intimate knowledge of Athersley Recreation FC's ethics, the club feel that Shane is an ideal fit for their vision going forward.

"In discussions with Shane, the club have agreed to adopt his strategy of having coaches rather than assistant managers in place, giving him a far more flexible team to work alongside to try and ensure that all members feel that everyone is approachable.

"The coaches that will be working alongside Shane are Ryan Eastwood, Kevan Locke, Chris Rix and Tony Wigfull.

"Working in tandem with Shane managing the reserves will be Adam White and Richard Liversedge.

"Also to enhance our coaching facilities, we will from time-to-time be accessing the services of a coaching mentor to assist in further development of our playing squad.

"The club wish Shane and his team all the very best and look forward with great anticipation to working with them to see how their infectious enthusiasm strives to move the club's development forward."

(Story Source: Athersley Recreation)

Nicholas leaves Rec after one game in charge

6th August, 2019

Athersley Recreation have parted company with manager Graham Nicholas following their opening day 6-0 defeat at Goole AFC in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Saturday.

It means that the former Garforth Town, Ossett Town and Parkgate boss, who was appointed in May, took charge of one competitive match at the Rec.

A statement released by the club said: "The club have made the decision to relieve our manager Graham Nicholas from his position as manager.

"The board felt that they had to make the decision now even though he had not been in the job long.

"It is very difficult to manage a club like Athersley Recreation - we are not a club who have financial clout but have strong values in sticking to producing good young players and being brave enough to give them a chance.

"The club is built on passion, commitment and hard work, not on paying players and the vast number of money spiders that now dominate football.

"We have always been a community club and pride ourselves on being a big family with loyal players, volunteers, sponsors and parents.

"If this means we have to take a step back and rebuild so be it as the club's existence is paramount.

"Pete Goodlad will take charge and prepare us for our FA Cup fixture this coming Saturday (at home to Padiham) and is happy that all the backroom staff are totally committed to maintaining the values of the club."

(Story Source: Athersley Recreation)


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 AFC 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 Welf 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 FC Humber United 26 1 -116

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